Rossy de Palma

Described by many as a Picasso come-to-life, de Palma broke the rules of beauty in 1988 when she starred in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and became a model and muse for designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Sybilla. Her status as an iconic fashion character was further cemented with her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson for the Ghanian Charity OrphanAid Africa, and the face of luxury ad campaigns. Born in Palma de Mallorca, she was originally a singer and dancer for the band Peor Imposible before being discovered by filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar at a café in Madrid in 1986. He cast her in roles based on her unique, Picassoesque appearance. She is best known for her roles in Almodóvar films like La ley del deseo (Law of Desire), Kika, Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and La flor de mi secreto (The Flower of My Secret). She acts in France and does modeling. She appeared in Robert Altman's Prêt-à-Porter as Pilar. In 2007, she released a perfume line under her name through the French cosmetics company Etat libre d'Orange. In 2009, she posed nude in an information campaign on breast cancer for the magazine Marie Claire. She currently lives in France with her two sons. She was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

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Mutant Action (1993)

Waging war against all things glamorous and beautiful, crippled terrorists Acción Mutante plot a series of attacks on society's elite, and attempt the kidnapping of a wealthy socialite at her elaborate wedding reception.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Álex de la Iglesia
CAST:  Antonio Resines  •  Álex Angulo  •  Juan Viadas  •  Karra Elejalde

Waging war against all things glamorous and beautiful, crippled terrorists Acción Mutante plot a series of attacks on society's elite, and attempt the kidnapping of a wealthy socialite at her elaborate wedding reception.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Álex de la Iglesia
CAST:  Antonio Resines  •  Álex Angulo  •  Juan Viadas  •  Karra Elejalde

Kika (1993)

Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and she then moves in with him. They might live happily ever after but first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Verónica Forqué  •  Victoria Abril  •  Peter Coyote  •  Rossy de Palma

Kika, a young cosmetologist, is called to the mansion of Nicolas, an American writer to make-up the corpse of his stepson, Ramon. Ramon, who is not dead, is revived by Kika's attentions and she then moves in with him. They might live happily ever after but first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Verónica Forqué  •  Victoria Abril  •  Peter Coyote  •  Rossy de Palma

The Flower of My Secret (1995)

Marisa Paredes is Leocadia ("Leo") Macias, a woman writing “pink” romance novels under the alias of Amanda Gris that are very popular all across Spain. Unlike her romantic novels, her own love life is troubled. Leo has a less than happy relationship with her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Marisa Paredes  •  Juan Echanove  •  Carme Elias  •  Rossy de Palma

Marisa Paredes is Leocadia ("Leo") Macias, a woman writing “pink” romance novels under the alias of Amanda Gris that are very popular all across Spain. Unlike her romantic novels, her own love life is troubled. Leo has a less than happy relationship with her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Marisa Paredes  •  Juan Echanove  •  Carme Elias  •  Rossy de Palma

Law of Desire (1987)

Pablo, a successful film director, disappointed in his relationship with his young lover, Juan, concentrates in a new project, a monologue starring his transgender sister, Tina. Antonio, an uptight young man, falls possessively in love with the director and in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Eusebio Poncela  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Carmen Maura  •  Miguel Molina

Pablo, a successful film director, disappointed in his relationship with his young lover, Juan, concentrates in a new project, a monologue starring his transgender sister, Tina. Antonio, an uptight young man, falls possessively in love with the director and in his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Eusebio Poncela  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Carmen Maura  •  Miguel Molina

Ready to Wear (1994)

Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an all-star cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Sophia Loren  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Chiara Mastroianni

Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an all-star cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Sophia Loren  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Chiara Mastroianni

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)

Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Loles León  •  Julieta Serrano

Recently released from a mental hospital, Ricky ties up Marina, a film star he once had sex with and keeps her hostage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Loles León  •  Julieta Serrano

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Pepa resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Carmen Maura  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Julieta Serrano  •  María Barranco

Pepa resolves to kill herself with a batch of sleeping-pill-laced gazpacho after her lover leaves her. Fortunately, she is interrupted by a deliciously chaotic series of events.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pedro Almodóvar
CAST:  Carmen Maura  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Julieta Serrano  •  María Barranco

Leave Your Hands on My Hips (2003)

Odile is 42 years old actress and single mother. One day her 18 year old daughter decided to leave her and start living with the boyfriend. All of a sudden alone in her empty house, the anguish takes over...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chantal Lauby
CAST:  Chantal Lauby  •  Claude Perron  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Jean-Hugues Anglade

Odile is 42 years old actress and single mother. One day her 18 year old daughter decided to leave her and start living with the boyfriend. All of a sudden alone in her empty house, the anguish takes over...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chantal Lauby
CAST:  Chantal Lauby  •  Claude Perron  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Jean-Hugues Anglade

A Body in the Woods (1996)

A hard-hitting police investigation with Rossy de Palma taking the lead as the police officer responsible for solving the murder of a young woman whose mutilated body is found in the woods by local hunters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joaquim Jordà
CAST:  Rossy de Palma  •  Ricard Borràs  •  Pep Molina  •  Núria Prims

A hard-hitting police investigation with Rossy de Palma taking the lead as the police officer responsible for solving the murder of a young woman whose mutilated body is found in the woods by local hunters.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joaquim Jordà
CAST:  Rossy de Palma  •  Ricard Borràs  •  Pep Molina  •  Núria Prims

Airbag (1997)

Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner Villambrosa finds the ring. Meanwhile Villambrosa's rival gangster Souza sends femme ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juanma Bajo Ulloa
CAST:  Fernando Guillén Cuervo  •  Karra Elejalde  •  Alberto San Juan  •  Karlos Arguiñano

Mommy's boy Juantxo is engaged. Dragged to the party by his friends Konradin and Paco, he loses his expensive wedding ring inside the body of a prostitute. Mafioso whorehouse owner Villambrosa finds the ring. Meanwhile Villambrosa's rival gangster Souza sends femme ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juanma Bajo Ulloa
CAST:  Fernando Guillén Cuervo  •  Karra Elejalde  •  Alberto San Juan  •  Karlos Arguiñano

Nag la Bombe (1999)

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DIRECTION:  Jean-Louis Milesi
CAST:  Ariane Ascaride  •  Vincent Elbaz  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Johan Leysen

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DIRECTION:  Jean-Louis Milesi
CAST:  Ariane Ascaride  •  Vincent Elbaz  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Johan Leysen

La femme du cosmonaute (1997)

Anna and her husband Jean-Paul have to face a long and difficult separation since Jean-Paul is a spationaut. Thanks to a video device they can see each other and communicate... But definitely not for the best!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Monnet
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Gérard Lanvin  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Gérard Hernandez

Anna and her husband Jean-Paul have to face a long and difficult separation since Jean-Paul is a spationaut. Thanks to a video device they can see each other and communicate... But definitely not for the best!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Monnet
CAST:  Victoria Abril  •  Gérard Lanvin  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Gérard Hernandez

Gigola (2010)

George, a charismatic and adventurous young woman, born from an old, catholic family, falls in love, in her teens, with a female teacher named Sybil. Devastated by her lover's eventual suicide, some years later, George embarks on an exciting and reckless journey to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laure Charpentier
CAST:  Lou Doillon  •  Marie Kremer  •  Eduardo Noriega  •  Thierry Lhermitte

George, a charismatic and adventurous young woman, born from an old, catholic family, falls in love, in her teens, with a female teacher named Sybil. Devastated by her lover's eventual suicide, some years later, George embarks on an exciting and reckless journey to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laure Charpentier
CAST:  Lou Doillon  •  Marie Kremer  •  Eduardo Noriega  •  Thierry Lhermitte

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Toby, a cynical film director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Adam Driver  •  Olga Kurylenko  •  Óscar Jaenada  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Toby, a cynical film director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote. In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Adam Driver  •  Olga Kurylenko  •  Óscar Jaenada  •  Stellan Skarsgård

Three Many Weddings (2013)

A woman attends wedding of successive men in her life, though she gets to find a soul mate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Javier Ruiz Caldera
CAST:  María Botto  •  Martiño Rivas  •  Inma Cuesta  •  Rossy de Palma

A woman attends wedding of successive men in her life, though she gets to find a soul mate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Javier Ruiz Caldera
CAST:  María Botto  •  Martiño Rivas  •  Inma Cuesta  •  Rossy de Palma

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014)

In Scotland 1874, Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Because of the extreme cold, his heart stops beating. The responsible midwife in Edinburgh finds a way to save him by replacing his heart with a clock. So he lives and remains under the midwife's protective ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mathias Malzieu  •  Stéphane Berla
CAST:  Mathias Malzieu  •  Olivia Ruiz  •  Grand Corps Malade  •  Jean Rochefort

In Scotland 1874, Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Because of the extreme cold, his heart stops beating. The responsible midwife in Edinburgh finds a way to save him by replacing his heart with a clock. So he lives and remains under the midwife's protective ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mathias Malzieu  •  Stéphane Berla
CAST:  Mathias Malzieu  •  Olivia Ruiz  •  Grand Corps Malade  •  Jean Rochefort

People Jet Set 2 (2004)

John-John is the best party promoter in Ibiza. He's responsible for the wildest parties ever. A party fixed by John-John is bound to be a success, and everyone will queue to get on the guest list. The former party prince among the jet setters in Paris, Charles de ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fabien Onteniente
CAST:  Rupert Everett  •  José Garcia  •  Ornella Muti  •  Patrice Cols

John-John is the best party promoter in Ibiza. He's responsible for the wildest parties ever. A party fixed by John-John is bound to be a success, and everyone will queue to get on the guest list. The former party prince among the jet setters in Paris, Charles de ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fabien Onteniente
CAST:  Rupert Everett  •  José Garcia  •  Ornella Muti  •  Patrice Cols

Peggio di così si muore (1995)

In this deliberately campy, slightly slapstick European parody of Alfred Hitchcock films from the 1950s, a newlywed couple returns from their honeymoon to discover that they have accidentally switched suitcases at the airport. They know the bag they have isn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcello Cesena
CAST:  Jacky Nercessian  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Marcello Cesena  •  Mauro Pirovano

In this deliberately campy, slightly slapstick European parody of Alfred Hitchcock films from the 1950s, a newlywed couple returns from their honeymoon to discover that they have accidentally switched suitcases at the airport. They know the bag they have isn't ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Marcello Cesena
CAST:  Jacky Nercessian  •  Rossy de Palma  •  Marcello Cesena  •  Mauro Pirovano

Don Juan, My Dear Ghost (1990)

Seville, November 1, 1990. Tenorio goes out of his grave, as every year. Similarly, Juan Marquina, a great actor, makes the general rehearsal of a musical version of the play. Since that moment, two worlds come together in a circle of adventures, facing both Don ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Mercero
CAST:  Juan Luis Galiardo  •  María Barranco  •  José Sazatornil  •  Verónica Forqué

Seville, November 1, 1990. Tenorio goes out of his grave, as every year. Similarly, Juan Marquina, a great actor, makes the general rehearsal of a musical version of the play. Since that moment, two worlds come together in a circle of adventures, facing both Don ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antonio Mercero
CAST:  Juan Luis Galiardo  •  María Barranco  •  José Sazatornil  •  Verónica Forqué

Nel giardino delle rose (1990)

A successful businessman is haunted by the memories of his mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luciano Martino
CAST:  Massimo Ghini  •  Ottavia Piccolo  •  Barbara De Rossi  •  Giancarlo Giannini

A successful businessman is haunted by the memories of his mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luciano Martino
CAST:  Massimo Ghini  •  Ottavia Piccolo  •  Barbara De Rossi  •  Giancarlo Giannini
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