Mélanie Laurent

A French actress, singer, pianist, screenwriter, and director, perhaps best known to international audiences for her role in Inglourious Basterds (2009). Laurent was born in Paris, the daughter of Annick, a ballerina, and Pierre Laurent, a voiceover actor. Laurent is Jewish, and has both Ashkenazi and Tunisian Sephardic ancestry. Her grandfather survived deportation by the Nazis. Laurent had a long relationship with fellow French actor Julien Boisselier. She describes recording artist Damien Rice and Tarantino as her two "masters".

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Diane Kruger

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Quentin Tarantino
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Christoph Waltz  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Diane Kruger

Now You See Me (2013)

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An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Leterrier
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Isla Fisher

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Louis Leterrier
CAST:  Jesse Eisenberg  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Woody Harrelson  •  Isla Fisher

Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

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Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille August
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Christopher Lee  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Jack Huston

Raimund Gregorius, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bille August
CAST:  Jeremy Irons  •  Christopher Lee  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Jack Huston

Days of Glory (2006)

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachid Bouchareb
CAST:  Jamel Debbouze  •  Samy Naceri  •  Roschdy Zem  •  Sami Bouajila

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachid Bouchareb
CAST:  Jamel Debbouze  •  Samy Naceri  •  Roschdy Zem  •  Sami Bouajila

The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso pianist who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Audiard
CAST:  Romain Duris  •  Niels Arestrup  •  Jonathan Zaccaï  •  Gilles Cohen

Like his father, Tom is a real estate agent who makes his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, deals. But a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist. He auditions with the help of a beautiful, young virtuoso pianist who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Audiard
CAST:  Romain Duris  •  Niels Arestrup  •  Jonathan Zaccaï  •  Gilles Cohen

Rice Rhapsody (2004)

Fearing her son could be gay, a conservative mother takes in a French foreign exchange student, who ends up teaching the family a lot about life, acceptance, and love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Bi
CAST:  Sylvia Chang  •  Martin Yan  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  LePham Tan

Fearing her son could be gay, a conservative mother takes in a French foreign exchange student, who ends up teaching the family a lot about life, acceptance, and love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenneth Bi
CAST:  Sylvia Chang  •  Martin Yan  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  LePham Tan

Beginners (2010)

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal Fields has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 44 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mills
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Goran Visnjic

Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal Fields has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father, who, following the death of his wife of 44 years, came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Mills
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Goran Visnjic

The Round Up (2010)

A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roselyne Bosch
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Gad Elmaleh  •  Raphaëlle Agogué

A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roselyne Bosch
CAST:  Jean Reno  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Gad Elmaleh  •  Raphaëlle Agogué

This Is My Body (2001)

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Gifted student Antoine goes against his family’s wishes and accepts the lead role in a controversial director’s film. He learns that the role had previously been offered to a young man who committed suicide after an on-set affair – and events conspire to draw ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodolphe Marconi
CAST:  Louis Garrel  •  Jane Birkin  •  Elisabeth Depardieu  •  Didier Flamand

Gifted student Antoine goes against his family’s wishes and accepts the lead role in a controversial director’s film. He learns that the role had previously been offered to a young man who committed suicide after an on-set affair – and events conspire to draw ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rodolphe Marconi
CAST:  Louis Garrel  •  Jane Birkin  •  Elisabeth Depardieu  •  Didier Flamand

The Killer (2008)

Leo Zimmermann, a business man from Paris dotes on his daughter. He proposes a strange offer to his killer when he is in town to execute Zimmermann.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cédric Anger
CAST:  Gilbert Melki  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sophie Cattani  •  Xavier Beauvois

Leo Zimmermann, a business man from Paris dotes on his daughter. He proposes a strange offer to his killer when he is in town to execute Zimmermann.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cédric Anger
CAST:  Gilbert Melki  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sophie Cattani  •  Xavier Beauvois

Jean Moulin, une affaire française (2003)

Drama set in the Second World War, focused on Jean Moulin, hero, martyr and symbol of the French resistance and the patriotism during the dark years of Nazi occupation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Aknine
CAST:  Francis Huster  •  Maruschka Detmers  •  Hubert Saint-Macary  •  Mélanie Laurent

Drama set in the Second World War, focused on Jean Moulin, hero, martyr and symbol of the French resistance and the patriotism during the dark years of Nazi occupation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pierre Aknine
CAST:  Francis Huster  •  Maruschka Detmers  •  Hubert Saint-Macary  •  Mélanie Laurent

Enemy (2013)

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A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sarah Gadon  •  Isabella Rossellini

A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sarah Gadon  •  Isabella Rossellini

The Adopted (2011)

Lisa and Marine live a life of relative companionship together, where the only man permitted into the equation is Lisa’s young son, Leo. However, their simple existence is thrown into disarray when Marie meets and falls in love with Alex, a customer at her bookshop ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mélanie Laurent
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Denis Ménochet  •  Marie Denarnaud  •  Clémentine Célarié

Lisa and Marine live a life of relative companionship together, where the only man permitted into the equation is Lisa’s young son, Leo. However, their simple existence is thrown into disarray when Marie meets and falls in love with Alex, a customer at her bookshop ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mélanie Laurent
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Denis Ménochet  •  Marie Denarnaud  •  Clémentine Célarié

Requiem for a Killer (2011)

Lucretia is a killer for hire. Specialised in poisoning and passionate about opera, she'll have to fulfill a difficult contract in the heart of the Swiss alps. Posing as a singer, Lucretia will have to appear on the scene of the higly exclusive Festival d'Ermeux ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jérôme Le Maire
CAST:  Clovis Cornillac  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Tchéky Karyo  •  Xavier Gallais

Lucretia is a killer for hire. Specialised in poisoning and passionate about opera, she'll have to fulfill a difficult contract in the heart of the Swiss alps. Posing as a singer, Lucretia will have to appear on the scene of the higly exclusive Festival d'Ermeux ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jérôme Le Maire
CAST:  Clovis Cornillac  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Tchéky Karyo  •  Xavier Gallais

The Day I Saw Your Heart (2011)

Justine, struggles with commitment, listens to old David Bowie covers, and uses her employer’s private MRI machines to make “X-Ray Art” After a trail of boyfriends, Justine thinks she has found The One, a hunky shoe salesman, but her temporary happiness is thrown ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Devoldère
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Michel Blanc  •  Géraldine Nakache  •  Claude Perron

Justine, struggles with commitment, listens to old David Bowie covers, and uses her employer’s private MRI machines to make “X-Ray Art” After a trail of boyfriends, Justine thinks she has found The One, a hunky shoe salesman, but her temporary happiness is thrown ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Devoldère
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Michel Blanc  •  Géraldine Nakache  •  Claude Perron

Every Jack has a Jill (2009)

Jack is encouraged to take the romantic Paris vacation he won, despite just being dumped by his girlfriend. His trip soon devolves into chaos and adventure, when his luggage is swapped for a French businesswoman's belongings who soon takes a liking to his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Devoldère
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Justin Bartha  •  Billy Boyd  •  Yvon Back

Jack is encouraged to take the romantic Paris vacation he won, despite just being dumped by his girlfriend. His trip soon devolves into chaos and adventure, when his luggage is swapped for a French businesswoman's belongings who soon takes a liking to his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Devoldère
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Justin Bartha  •  Billy Boyd  •  Yvon Back

Une Vie à t'attendre (2004)

A married Frenchwoman living in Brazil returns to her native country to visit her ailing elderly mother. There, she ends up rekindling a love affair with a man whom she hadn't seen in twelve years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thierry Klifa
CAST:  Nathalie Baye  •  Patrick Bruel  •  Géraldine Pailhas  •  Anouk Grinberg

A married Frenchwoman living in Brazil returns to her native country to visit her ailing elderly mother. There, she ends up rekindling a love affair with a man whom she hadn't seen in twelve years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thierry Klifa
CAST:  Nathalie Baye  •  Patrick Bruel  •  Géraldine Pailhas  •  Anouk Grinberg

Room of Death (2007)

While on a joyride with the headlights turned off, two men hit and kill another man carrying a satchel full of money. The two men decide to take the money and throw the body into a pond and bury the money in a coal hill. The next morning the police discover the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Lot
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Éric Caravaca  •  Gilles Lellouche  •  Jonathan Zaccaï

While on a joyride with the headlights turned off, two men hit and kill another man carrying a satchel full of money. The two men decide to take the money and throw the body into a pond and bury the money in a coal hill. The next morning the police discover the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Lot
CAST:  Mélanie Laurent  •  Éric Caravaca  •  Gilles Lellouche  •  Jonathan Zaccaï

The Bridge (1999)

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Actor Gerard Depardieu co-directed this drama about a married woman who falls in love with another man. Mina is a movie buff with a husband, Georges, who's out of work, and a 15-year-old son, Tommy. While Mina works part-time as a domestic for Claire Daboval, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Frédéric Auburtin
CAST:  Carole Bouquet  •  Gérard Depardieu  •  Charles Berling  •  Stanislas Forlani

Actor Gerard Depardieu co-directed this drama about a married woman who falls in love with another man. Mina is a movie buff with a husband, Georges, who's out of work, and a 15-year-old son, Tommy. While Mina works part-time as a domestic for Claire Daboval, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Frédéric Auburtin
CAST:  Carole Bouquet  •  Gérard Depardieu  •  Charles Berling  •  Stanislas Forlani

Hidden Love (2007)

A psychiatrist tries to help a suicidal woman who despises her grown daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alessandro Capone
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Olivier Gourmet

A psychiatrist tries to help a suicidal woman who despises her grown daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alessandro Capone
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Greta Scacchi  •  Olivier Gourmet
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