Directed by André Téchiné • 1985 • France
Starring Juliette Binoche, Lambert Wilson, Wadeck Stanczak
Juliette Binoche illuminates the screen in her star-making breakthrough performance in this provocative backstage tale of art, sex, and stardom. She is transfixing as Nina, a young, carefree wannabe actress who arrives in Paris in search of her big break. There she finds drama both on- and offstage as she becomes involved with three men: a mild-mannered real-estate agent (Wadeck Stanczak) who offers her stability, a bad-boy actor (Lambert Wilson) who lives dangerously on the edge, and an intense theater director (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who casts her in a production of “Romeo and Juliet.” As opening night approaches, the emotional extremes of Nina’s love life begin to serve as fuel for her art.