Sandrine Bonnaire
Actress
Sandrine Bonnaire
Sandrine Bonnaire is a French actress and film director, who has appeared in more than 40 films including Hollywood movies.
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'Blue Is the Warmest Color' review: a masterpiece
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Young love is a familiar movie subject, but "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is something rare. The scenes, which are explicit and protracted, earned the film an NC-17 rating, and it would be disingenuous to claim they're not erotic. [...] unlike in a film of pornography, the sex is simulated (as in no actual genital contact), and the overall point is not to arouse. In close-up, we see an actress whose thoughts and moods are always shifting and revealing themselves, who is interesting in every frame. Without doubt, this is Western cinema's most mature and assured performance by a teenage actress since Sandrine Bonnaire's award-winning work in "A Nos Amours" and "Vagabond" 30 years ago. [...] the memory of the intimacy informs how we watch the rest of the film, lending it an extra depth of feeling that might not have been there. [...] though "Blue Is the Warmest Color" is a film about lesbian lovers, nothing in Kechiche's treatment of the subject suggests the Other.
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Catherine Deneuve at 70 -- Still as Cool as They Come
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sure, I'm tough on movies, but sometimes I'm just another gushing, adoring fan. Such is the case with actress Catherine Deneuve, the stunning French actress who turns 70 today. Why do I love her so? Let me count the ways. Yes, yes -- she is beautiful. But she is also deep, strong, smart, and nuanced as an actress. And when those qualities get injected into a woman who's also stunning physically, well -- that's the sexiest, most powerful kind of beauty, isn't it? She is a survivor. She not only keeps working but keeps making great films, putting all those aging actresses who grouse about no good roles after 40 to shame. What's her secret? She knows herself and she stays interesting. She is fiercely private. She has the strength and principles to insist on a private life. Her career is not tied to sensationalistic stories in the tabloids. She is not a slave to convention; she makes up her own mind. The mother of two, she has never married. (She has in fact referred to marri ...
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Shelley Emling: 6 Things The French Can Teach Us About Aging Well
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Before moving to the New York City area, I lived in London for seven years. During that period, I traveled more than two dozen times to France, a place where five- or six-week vacations are the norm and many people retire comfortably at 60 or younger. I made many wonderful French friends and was more than a little awed at the way they aged so gracefully. Are they perfect? Of course not. But certainly I admired how so many of them stayed trim while enjoying coq au vin, baguettes, andouillettes, eclairs and fondue while Americans struggled with their weight while gorging on diet soda and Lean Cuisines. I also admired the way they purchased clothes selectively, carried themselves confidently and devoured life every chance they got. After speaking with a few of these friends, I've come up with a list of six things the French can teach us about aging well. Do you agree? Let us know in comments. And if there are things the Americans can teach THEM about aging, we'd like to hea ...
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French film fest fetes female talent
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
French film fest fetes female talent French cinema has been experiencing an explosion of female screen talent in the past quarter century unlike anything ever seen anywhere, at least not since Hollywood in the '30s and '40s. [...] they're working all the time in movies tailored to their star personalities, movies that explore the particular challenges and struggles of life in our era. Starting Sunday, for three evenings at the Rafael Film Center in Marin - and then moving on to seven nights at San Francisco's Roxie Theater starting Friday - audiences will have the opportunity to see the best contemporary French actresses in some of their finest work. What Hollywood Can Learn From Contemporary French Actresses, and I helped choose the movies, arrange the program and, on three occasions, called Paris at 2 in the morning to talk reluctant French distributors into making their films available. "Entre Ses Mains" ("In His Hands," 2005) stars Isabelle Carré ("Romanti ...
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French actress Bonnaire to head Deauville film festival jury
Yahoo News - over 4 years
French actress and director Sandrine Bonnaire will head up the jury at this year's 38th edition of the festival of American film in Deauville, France, organisers said on Wednesday.
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MOVIE ROUNDUP - Times Herald-Record
Google News - over 5 years
UPST Queen to Play — On the island of Corsica, a married chambermaid (Sandrine Bonnaire) seeks out the chess tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kevin Kline). Unrated; in French with subtitles. PARA (Sept. 7-10) Rise of the Planet of the Apes
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Cornell Cinema: Sept. 1-7 - Ithaca Journal
Google News - over 5 years
With Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline. Helene is an overworked, middle-aged chambermaid who walks sleepily through life until the day she glimpses a carefree couple playing chess at the fancy resort where she works. Her desire to learn the game reveals a
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August DVD releases offer some hidden gems - Lexington Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire star in this intelligent drama about a housekeeper who finds mental liberation from her dreary daily duties and stagnant marriage through the game of chess. A surprisingly adept romance of the mind, "Queen to Play" is
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'The Conspirator' displays a moral complexity rare for mainstream films - The Mercury
Google News - over 5 years
"Queen to Play" (2010, Zeitgeist, unrated, $30) "Effortlessly delightful" is the best way to describe this charmer of a tale about a hotel maid named Helene (luminous Sandrine Bonnaire) who becomes inexplicably obsessed with playing chess
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Viva Riva, the African Scarface in Amsterdam - Daily Monitor
Google News - over 5 years
The actors, coached by French actress Sandrine Bonnaire look sincere and authentic. A lot of scenes are shot in real locations and with real people and give the film a documentary dimension: scenes of the city, gas stations, and bus stations for
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The New Museum - New Yorker (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The works of Bonnard have no immediate cinematic connection (though they're mentioned by the young woman, played by Sandrine Bonnaire, in Maurice Pialat's “À Nos Amours“—she says she loves them because she finds them “sensuel”); I've been looking for
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DVD Review: Queen to Play - Blogcritics.org (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Sandrine Bonnaire stars as Hélène, a maid on the Isle of Corsica. One day, when cleaning a room at the hotel where she works, she sees a couple (Jennifer Beals, Dominic Gould) playing chess on the balcony, and she's instantly captivated
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Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline star in French drama 'Born to Play,' new on DVD - Plain Dealer
Google News - over 5 years
This intrigues French chambermaid Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire). She observes a match played sensuously by a glamorous couple and resolves to learn the rules. Her blue-collar husband refuses to try with her, so she strikes a private bargain with a
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Guilty pleasures? No need to ghettoize preferences - San Francisco Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
However, in 2008, I started researching a book on French cinema, and in my first interview, Sandrine Bonnaire was searching for a word, and I couldn't help her. I thought, if I'm going to be doing these interviews, I'd better learn French
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Queen to Play - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
Sandrine Bonnaire (À nos amours, Vagabond, La Cérémonie) is Hélène, a modest, energetic, attractive woman approaching middle age who years ago transplanted herself to a small village on the French isle of Corsica in order to settle down with her
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All the Right Moves - Boise Weekly
Google News - over 5 years
Each day, Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire) wakes before dawn to clean her lower-middle-class home before leaving to clean the homes of the upper class. One day she is dusting a beautiful mansion and the next she is vacuuming rooms at a seaside hotel
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'Queen to Play" nothing but French sports movie about chess - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire star in "Queen to Play," a movie about chess. The film is in French with subtitles. (Courtesy photo) The Reel Story: Bonnaire is a housekeeper who becomes a chess champion with help from Kline in this French film
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sandrine Bonnaire
    THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 36
    In 2004, she starred in another Patrice Leconte's film: Intimate Strangers, which was an arthouse box office hit in the United States.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 23
    Bonnaire has a daughter, Jeanne, from a relationship with actor William Hurt, whom she met in 1991 during filming of the Albert Camus novel La Peste (The Plague).
    More Details Hide Details They acted together in Secrets Shared with a Stranger (1994). Since March 2003 she has been married to actor and screenwriter Guillaume Laurant, with whom she has had a second daughter, Adèle.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    Age 18
    Her international breakthrough came in 1986 when she played the main character in Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond), directed by Agnès Varda, for which she won her second César Award.
    More Details Hide Details She portrays a vagrant who fails both physically and morally. The film Monsieur Hire directed by Patrice Leconte followed in 1989, along with further work with directors Jacques Doillon and Claude Sautet. In 1995, she starred as an apparently simple maid in Claude Chabrol's widely acclaimed thriller La Cérémonie. The film and its stars won awards internationally, including for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for both Bonnaire and co-star Isabelle Huppert.
  • 1984
    Age 16
    In 1984, she was awarded the César Award for Most Promising Actress.
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  • 1983
    Age 15
    Bonnaire was born in the town of Gannat, Allier, in the Auvergne region. She was born into a working-class family, the seventh of eleven children. Her acting career began at the age of 16 in 1983, when she starred in the Maurice Pialat film À nos amours.
    More Details Hide Details She played a girl from Paris beginning her sexual awakening.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on May 31, 1967.
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