Early life[ edit ] Binoche was born in Paris, the daughter of Jean-Marie Binoche, a director, actor, and sculptor, and Monique Yvette Stalens, a teacher, director, and actress. Binoche has stated that this perceived parental abandonment had a profound effect on her. Her role required just two days on—set, but was enough to inspire Binoche to pursue a career in film. This film was to set the tone of her early career. Adieu Blaireau failed to have much impact with critics or audiences.
She was cast at short notice when Sandrine Bonnaire had to abandon the film due to a scheduling conflict. The film was a sensation and Binoche became the darling of the festival. However it is her collaboration with theatre director Scrutzler, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant , which comes to define Nina. This film was a critical and commercial failure.
Mauvais Sang is an avant-garde thriller in which she plays Anna the vastly younger lover of Marc Piccoli who falls in love with Alex Denis Lavant , a young thief. Binoche has stated that at the time her English was very limited and that she relied on a French translation to fully grasp her role. In the film Binoche portrays an artist who lives rough on the famous Parisian bridge where she meets another young vagrant Denis Lavant. This iconic part of the city becomes the backdrop for a wildly passionate love story and some of the most visually arresting images of the city ever created.
She was recognized as one of the most significant French actresses of her generation. Critics suggested that many of her roles were notable for her almost passive intensity in the face of tragedy and despair. Reviews were poor, with Binoche being cynically dubbed "Cathy Clouseau" and derided for her "franglais" accent. Based on the novel by Josephine Hart and directed by veteran French director Louis Malle , Damage seemed to be the ideal international vehicle for Binoche; however the production was wrought with difficulties and dogged by rumours of serious conflict.
In an on-set interview, Malle stated that it was the "most difficult" film he had ever made, while Binoche commented that "the first day was one big argument".
Reviews were somewhat mixed. Blue to much critical acclaim. Blue is the story of a young woman who loses her composer husband and daughter in a car accident. Though devastated she learns to cope by rejecting her previous life in favour of conscious "nothing"; rejecting all people, belongings and emotions. Binoche has said her inspirations for the role were her friend and coach Vernice Klier who suffered a similar tragedy, and the book The Black Veil by Anny Duperey which deals with the author's grief at losing her parents at a young age.
White and Three Colours: She turned down both parts. The film was particularly significant in France as it was at the time the most expensive film in the history of French cinema. This role, as a romantic heroine, was to color the direction of many of her subsequent roles in the late s.
This screw-ball comedy tells the story of a New York psychiatrist who swaps homes with a Parisian dancer. The film, based on the novel by Michael Ondaatje and directed by Anthony Minghella , was a worldwide hit. Binoche was released from the film six weeks into the shoot due to differences with Berri regarding the authenticity of his script.
The film failed to find an audience in France, although it was critically acclaimed in the UK. The production, directed by Jonathan Kent , was very favorably received. This lavish costume drama was filmed on location in Paris and Venice and featured couture costumes by the renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix.
The film was a worldwide hit. In a feature article entitled "The Erotic Face" in the June edition of British film criticism magazine Sight and Sound , Ginette Vincendeau pondered Binoche's persona; Vincendeau suggested that the fixation of numerous directors upon her face had led to an erasure of her body, and to her being perceived only as a romantic icon rather than a versatile actress. Initially the pair despises each other, but, over the course of one night, they find common ground and maybe even love.
This playful spirit continued when Binoche featured in a Italian television commercial for the chocolates Ferrero Rocher. The advertisement played upon her Chocolat persona featuring Binoche handing out the chocolates to people on the streets of Paris. The film was an immediate success, winning best director for Haneke at the Cannes Film Festival,  while Binoche was nominated for a European Film Award for Best Actress for her role.
Mary featured Binoche in a somewhat unlikely collaboration with the controversial American director Abel Ferrara for an investigation of modern faith and Mary Magdalene 's position within the Catholic Church. Despite these accolades and favorable reviews, particularly from the cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles ,  Mary failed to secure a distributor in key markets such as the US and the UK  The Cannes Film Festival in saw Binoche feature in the anthology film Paris, je t'aime appearing in a section directed by the Japanese director Nobuhiro Suwa.
Suwa's Place des Victoires is the story of a grief-stricken mother who manages to have a final brief moment with her dead son. The segment also features Willem Dafoe and Hippolyte Girardot. A Few Days in September is a thriller set between 5 and 11 September , in which Binoche plays a French secret service agent, who may, or may not, have information relating to impending attacks on the U. In Breaking and Entering, Binoche played a Bosnian refugee living in London, while Jude Law co-starred as a well-to-do businessman drawn into her life via an act of deception.
In preparation for her role, Binoche travelled to Sarajevo where she met women who had survived the war of the s. Although Binoche began the decade on a professional high with an Academy Award nomination for Chocolat, she struggled at the beginning of the s to secure roles that did not confine her to the tragic, melancholic persona developed in the s.
When that idea failed to find sufficient funding, Hou developed it into a feature-length film and secured the necessary financing. Paying homage to Albert Lamorisse 's short The Red Balloon , Hou's film tells the story of a woman's efforts to juggle her responsibilities as a single mother with her commitment to her career as a voice artist.
Shot on location in Paris, the film was entirely improvised by the cast. She arrives in Gaza during the Israeli disengagement. It was released in October , becoming a popular commercial success in the US, before debuting around the world in The film premiered in France in March and had its U. Widely acclaimed, the film was nominated for the Prix Louis Delluc in France and appeared on numerous U.
Jones's list in the Chicago Reader. In the autumn of , Binoche starred in a theatrical dance production titled in-i, co-created with renowned choreographer Akram Khan. The show, a love story told through dance and dialogue, featured stage design by Anish Kapoor and music by Philip Sheppard. It premiered at the National Theatre in London before embarking on a world tour. Khan is a master mover". The production was part of a 'Binoche Season' titled Ju'Bi'lations, also featuring a retrospective of her film work and an exhibition of her paintings, which were also published in a bilingual book Portraits in Eyes.
She also penned a few lines to each director. Binoche's visit proved controversial when two Iranian MPs raised the matter in parliament, advising more caution be exercised in granting visas to foreign celebrities which might lead to "cultural destruction".
The film went on general release in France on 19 May to very positive reviews. Best Actress at Venice for Three Colors: She has nothing — absolutely nothing". I understand you don't have to like everyone and you can dislike someone's work. But I don't understand the violence [of his statements] I do not understand why he is behaving like this. It is his problem. Elles, produced under the working title Sponsoring,   is an examination of teenage prostitution with Juliette Binoche playing a journalist for ELLE.
The film was released in France on 1 February When she wakes up, she discovers that 15 years have passed. Withs no memory of these years she learns she has acquired an impressive career, a son and a marriage to Paul which seems headed for divorce. The film met with generally mixed reviews in France. The film, produced by Paulo Branco, began principal photography on 24 May and was released in , following a competition slot at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film depicts the impact of an unexpected pregnancy and alcoholism on their relationship. The film examines Claudel's fight to maintain her sanity and find creative inspiration while awaiting a visit from her brother, the poet Paul Claudel.
The film received excellent reviews with Binoche in particular gaining excellent reviews for her performance. She co-starred in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla , which was theatrically released in May The film was written especially for Binoche and plot elements parallel her life.
The film had its debut at Cannes In , Binoche starred on stage in a new English language translation of Antigone. Directed by Ivo van Hove , the production had a world premier in Luxembourg at the end of February. I know this makes some people think I probably never cared, but I need my freedom and I like to keep moving.
Through this charity she is godmother to five Cambodian orphans, and has funded the construction of a children's home in Battambang. In , she presided over "Photos of Stars" with Thierry Ardisson.
Nearly French stars were given disposable cameras, which were then auctioned, the buyer then having the exclusive photos taken by the star developed. At the press conference following the press screening of Copie Conforme, Binoche was informed that Panahi had begun a hunger strike.