Melvil Poupaud

Melvil Poupaud was born in 1973, he was named after Herman Melville by his screenwriter mother. He appeared in his first film when he was 10, under the direction of Raoul Ruiz. Since then he has acted in more than 30 films by such directors as Eric Rohmer, Jacques Doillon, Benoît Jacquot, Danielle Dubroux, James Ivory, and Raoul Ruiz with whom he has made a dozen features. 20 years ago, with the money from his first role, Poupaud bought himself a video camera and began to shoot short movies in his bedroom. Since then, he has continued to make fiction films inspired by his professional and personal experiences, a blend of horror movie, existential road movie, fantasies and immoral comedies. Melvil is his first feature film.

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Le Divorce (2003)

While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Catherine Samie

While visiting her sister in Paris, a young woman finds romance and learns her brother-in-law is a philanderer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Kate Hudson  •  Naomi Watts  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Catherine Samie

Time to Leave (2005)

Romain, 31, a fashion photographer with terminal cancer, elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Ozon
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi  •  Daniel Duval

Romain, 31, a fashion photographer with terminal cancer, elects to die alone, preparing others to live past him rather than prolong the inevitable with chemotherapy or be smothered in sympathy by those who know him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Ozon
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi  •  Daniel Duval

Time Regained (1999)

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Vincent Perez  •  John Malkovich

Marcel Proust (1871-1922) is on his deathbed. Looking at photographs brings memories of his childhood, his youth, his lovers, and the way the Great War put an end to a stratum of society. His memories are in no particular order, they move back and forth in time. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Vincent Perez  •  John Malkovich

Elisa (1995)

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she blames for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Becker
CAST:  Vanessa Paradis  •  Clotilde Courau  •  Gérard Depardieu  •  Sekkou Sall

Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she blames for her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Becker
CAST:  Vanessa Paradis  •  Clotilde Courau  •  Gérard Depardieu  •  Sekkou Sall

Diary of a Seducer (1996)

A few stories are mixed, but all starts with Claire who one day brings back to Gregoire one of his books found at the university. Gregoire is the tenebrous romantic king, and Claire falls in love with him. But there is also Gregoire's circle, his disturbing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danièle Dubroux
CAST:  Chiara Mastroianni  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Mathieu Amalric  •  Karin Viard

A few stories are mixed, but all starts with Claire who one day brings back to Gregoire one of his books found at the university. Gregoire is the tenebrous romantic king, and Claire falls in love with him. But there is also Gregoire's circle, his disturbing ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Danièle Dubroux
CAST:  Chiara Mastroianni  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Mathieu Amalric  •  Karin Viard

Feelings (2003)

Two seemingly happily married French couples are forced to contend with a number of issues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noémie Lvovsky
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Bacri  •  Nathalie Baye  •  Isabelle Carré  •  Melvil Poupaud

Two seemingly happily married French couples are forced to contend with a number of issues.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noémie Lvovsky
CAST:  Jean-Pierre Bacri  •  Nathalie Baye  •  Isabelle Carré  •  Melvil Poupaud

Black Heaven (2010)

An innocent young man becomes enamored with a mysterious girl. He is lured into "Black Hole" - a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions in the real world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilles Marchand
CAST:  Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Pauline Étienne  •  Louise Bourgoin

An innocent young man becomes enamored with a mysterious girl. He is lured into "Black Hole" - a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions in the real world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilles Marchand
CAST:  Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Pauline Étienne  •  Louise Bourgoin

Love Torn in Dreams (2000)

A serious young man of free spirit is forced by his surroundings to become rich at all costs. A group of blind children tries to open the eyes of the unbelievers to the Christian faith. Retired nuns who open a brothel, to pay the running costs of the convent. These ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Elsa Zylberstein  •  Lambert Wilson  •  Christian Vadim

A serious young man of free spirit is forced by his surroundings to become rich at all costs. A group of blind children tries to open the eyes of the unbelievers to the Christian faith. Retired nuns who open a brothel, to pay the running costs of the convent. These ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Elsa Zylberstein  •  Lambert Wilson  •  Christian Vadim

Fado, Major and Minor (1995)

Pierre, a middle-aged tourist guide, is the victim of a sudden failure : he does not recognize anything about him any longer. He goes back home and in his apartment he finds a mysterious young man who tells him he is here to avenge a young woman who has taken her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Jean-Luc Bideau  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Ana Padrão  •  Jean-Yves Gautier

Pierre, a middle-aged tourist guide, is the victim of a sudden failure : he does not recognize anything about him any longer. He goes back home and in his apartment he finds a mysterious young man who tells him he is here to avenge a young woman who has taken her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Jean-Luc Bideau  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Ana Padrão  •  Jean-Yves Gautier

The Insomniac on the Bridge (1985)

This quickly-filmed avant-garde farce by prolific director Raul Ruiz features an insomniac (Michel Lonsdale) whose main preoccupation is surreptitiously watching private matters -- he is a voyeur. He and an equally disreputable acquaintance rape a woman alongside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Michael Lonsdale  •  Olimpia Carlisi  •  Jean Badin  •  Jean-Bernard Guillard

This quickly-filmed avant-garde farce by prolific director Raul Ruiz features an insomniac (Michel Lonsdale) whose main preoccupation is surreptitiously watching private matters -- he is a voyeur. He and an equally disreputable acquaintance rape a woman alongside ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Michael Lonsdale  •  Olimpia Carlisi  •  Jean Badin  •  Jean-Bernard Guillard

Ballet aquatique (2012)

In one of his very last projects, Raul Ruiz celebrates the films of his historical predecessor Jean Painlevé, a documentary innovator whose work always blended science with surrealism. Ruiz and friends further perfect the art of mystification. Why it is so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Raúl Ruiz  •  François Margolin

In one of his very last projects, Raul Ruiz celebrates the films of his historical predecessor Jean Painlevé, a documentary innovator whose work always blended science with surrealism. Ruiz and friends further perfect the art of mystification. Why it is so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Raúl Ruiz  •  François Margolin

Laurence Anyways (2012)

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The story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred and a transgender woman named Laurence who reveals her inner desire to become her true self.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Xavier Dolan
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Suzanne Clément  •  Nathalie Baye  •  Monia Chokri

The story of an impossible love between a woman named Fred and a transgender woman named Laurence who reveals her inner desire to become her true self.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Xavier Dolan
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Suzanne Clément  •  Nathalie Baye  •  Monia Chokri

Lines of Wellington (2012)

Passionate romance, brutal treachery, and selfless nobility are set against the background of Napoleon’s 1810 invasion of Portugal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valeria Sarmiento
CAST:  Nuno Lopes  •  Soraia Chaves  •  Marisa Paredes  •  John Malkovich

Passionate romance, brutal treachery, and selfless nobility are set against the background of Napoleon’s 1810 invasion of Portugal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Valeria Sarmiento
CAST:  Nuno Lopes  •  Soraia Chaves  •  Marisa Paredes  •  John Malkovich

Souvenir (1996)

An elliptical, poetic film about an American woman sportswriter who wanders around Paris remembering traumatic experiences in her life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael H. Shamberg
CAST:  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  D. Stanton Miranda  •  Melvil Poupaud

An elliptical, poetic film about an American woman sportswriter who wanders around Paris remembering traumatic experiences in her life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael H. Shamberg
CAST:  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  D. Stanton Miranda  •  Melvil Poupaud

Les Kidnappeurs (1998)

Ulysse, a gun-toting hood, gets together a team of four people, including himself, to carry out what he thinks will be a fail-safe heist...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Graham Guit
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Élodie Bouchez  •  Romain Duris  •  Isaac Sharry

Ulysse, a gun-toting hood, gets together a team of four people, including himself, to carry out what he thinks will be a fail-safe heist...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Graham Guit
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Élodie Bouchez  •  Romain Duris  •  Isaac Sharry

The Edge (2011)

Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

The tragic story of the many lives of Father Dinis, his dark origins and his pious works, and the different fates of all those who, trapped in a sinister web of love, hate and crime, cross paths with him through years of adventure and misfortune in the convulsed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Adriano Luz  •  Maria João Bastos  •  Clotilde Hesme  •  Ricardo Pereira

The tragic story of the many lives of Father Dinis, his dark origins and his pious works, and the different fates of all those who, trapped in a sinister web of love, hate and crime, cross paths with him through years of adventure and misfortune in the convulsed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raúl Ruiz
CAST:  Adriano Luz  •  Maria João Bastos  •  Clotilde Hesme  •  Ricardo Pereira

Towards Zero (2007)

Inviting the ex-wife to a family reunion when the none-too-secure new wife will be there hardly seems to be a recipe for success, and true to form, bodies have begun to stack up by the end of this cinematic update of a classic Agatha Christie tale. Luckily for the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pascal Thomas
CAST:  François Morel  •  Danielle Darrieux  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Laura Smet

Inviting the ex-wife to a family reunion when the none-too-secure new wife will be there hardly seems to be a recipe for success, and true to form, bodies have begun to stack up by the end of this cinematic update of a classic Agatha Christie tale. Luckily for the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pascal Thomas
CAST:  François Morel  •  Danielle Darrieux  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Laura Smet

Mad Love (2015)

1959. Guilty of a double-murder, a man is beheaded. At the bottom of the basket that just welcomed it, the head of the dead man tells his story: everything was going so well! Admired priest, great lover - his earthly paradise seemed to have no end. Inspired by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Ramos
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Dominique Blanc  •  Diane Rouxel  •  Lise Lamétrie

1959. Guilty of a double-murder, a man is beheaded. At the bottom of the basket that just welcomed it, the head of the dead man tells his story: everything was going so well! Admired priest, great lover - his earthly paradise seemed to have no end. Inspired by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Ramos
CAST:  Melvil Poupaud  •  Dominique Blanc  •  Diane Rouxel  •  Lise Lamétrie

Lucky Luke (2009)

Fearless gunslinger, Lucky Luke, is ordered by the President to bring peace to Daisy Town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Huth
CAST:  Jean Dujardin  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Sylvie Testud  •  Alexandra Lamy

Fearless gunslinger, Lucky Luke, is ordered by the President to bring peace to Daisy Town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Huth
CAST:  Jean Dujardin  •  Melvil Poupaud  •  Sylvie Testud  •  Alexandra Lamy
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