Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Anne Madeleine Huppert (born 16 March 1953) is a French actress. Described as "one of the best actresses in the world", she is known for her portrayals of cold and disdainful characters devoid of morality. Nominated for a record sixteen César Awards, she has won two. Among other accolades, she has received six Lumières Award nominations, more than any other person, and won four. In 2020, The New York Times ranked her second on its list of the greatest actors of the 21st century. Huppert's first César nomination was for the 1975 film Aloïse. In 1978, she won the BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for The Lacemaker. She went on to win two Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival, for Violette Nozière (1978) and The Piano Teacher (2001), as well as two Volpi Cups for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, for Story of Women (1988) and La Cérémonie. Her other films in France include Loulou (1980), La Séparation (1994), 8 Women (2002), Gabrielle (2005), Amour (2012), and Things to Come (2016). Among international film's most prolific actresses, Huppert has worked in Italy, Russia, Central Europe, and in Asia. Her English-language films include: Heaven's Gate (1980), The Bedroom Window (1987), I Heart Huckabees (2004), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (2013), Louder Than Bombs (2015), Greta (2018), and Frankie (2019). In 2016, Huppert garnered international acclaim for her performance in Elle, which earned her a Golden Globe Award, an Independent ...

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Coup de Torchon (1981)

A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life, and resorts to drastic means to achieve it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bertrand Tavernier
CAST:  Philippe Noiret  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jean-Pierre Marielle  •  Stéphane Audran

A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life, and resorts to drastic means to achieve it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bertrand Tavernier
CAST:  Philippe Noiret  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jean-Pierre Marielle  •  Stéphane Audran

Gabrielle (2005)

Wealthy but arrogant writer Jean Hervey comes home one day to find that his wife, Gabrielle, has left him for another man. Realizing her mistake, Gabrielle returns, and the pair begin a merciless analysis of their marriage as the relationship comes undone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrice Chéreau
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Pascal Greggory  •  Claudia Coli  •  Thierry Hancisse

Wealthy but arrogant writer Jean Hervey comes home one day to find that his wife, Gabrielle, has left him for another man. Realizing her mistake, Gabrielle returns, and the pair begin a merciless analysis of their marriage as the relationship comes undone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Patrice Chéreau
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Pascal Greggory  •  Claudia Coli  •  Thierry Hancisse

Heaven's Gate (1980)

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Christopher Walken  •  John Hurt  •  Isabelle Huppert

Harvard graduate James Averill is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Kris Kristofferson  •  Christopher Walken  •  John Hurt  •  Isabelle Huppert

I ♥ Huckabees (2004)

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Jude Law

A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David O. Russell
CAST:  Jason Schwartzman  •  Dustin Hoffman  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Jude Law

La Ceremonie (1995)

Sophie, a quiet and shy maid working for an upper-class French family, finds a friend in the energetic and uncompromising postmaster Jeanne, who encourages her to stand up against her bourgeois employers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Chabrol
CAST:  Sandrine Bonnaire  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Jacqueline Bisset

Sophie, a quiet and shy maid working for an upper-class French family, finds a friend in the energetic and uncompromising postmaster Jeanne, who encourages her to stand up against her bourgeois employers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Chabrol
CAST:  Sandrine Bonnaire  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Jacqueline Bisset

The Bedroom Window (1987)

Baltimore, Maryland. Sylvia sees a girl being attacked from her lover Terry's bedroom window. The assailant flees and his victim is saved. But that same night another girl is found murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Paul Shenar

Baltimore, Maryland. Sylvia sees a girl being attacked from her lover Terry's bedroom window. The assailant flees and his victim is saved. But that same night another girl is found murdered.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Elizabeth McGovern  •  Paul Shenar

The Piano Teacher (2001)

Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Annie Girardot  •  Benoît Magimel  •  Anna Sigalevitch

Erika Kohut, a sexually repressed piano teacher living with her domineering mother, meets a young man who starts romantically pursuing her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Annie Girardot  •  Benoît Magimel  •  Anna Sigalevitch

Violette Nozière (1978)

Paris, 1933. The daughter of a respectable lower middle class couple, Violette Nozière, leads a disreputable double life. Far from being the innocent 18-year-old her parents mistake her for, she spends her nights with dissolute young men in the less salubrious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Chabrol
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Stéphane Audran  •  Jean Carmet  •  Jean-François Garreaud

Paris, 1933. The daughter of a respectable lower middle class couple, Violette Nozière, leads a disreputable double life. Far from being the innocent 18-year-old her parents mistake her for, she spends her nights with dissolute young men in the less salubrious ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Chabrol
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Stéphane Audran  •  Jean Carmet  •  Jean-François Garreaud

Lumière and Company (1995)

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Spike Lee  •  James Ivory  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Peter Greenaway  •  Lasse Hallström  •  Bigas Luna  •  Gabriel Axel  •  Merzak Allouache  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Cédric Klapisch  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michael Haneke  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Fernando Trueba  •  John Boorman  •  Claude Miller  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Alain Corneau  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Lucian Pintilie  •  Arthur Penn  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Jacques Rivette  •  Helma Sanders-Brahms  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Régis Wargnier  •  Francis Girod  •  Idrissa Ouedraogo  •  Jerry Schatzberg  •  Hugh Hudson  •  Ismail Merchant  •  Gaston Kaboré  •  Jaco Van Dormael  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Jeff Alperi  •  Romane Bohringer  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Ticky Holgado

40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: (1) The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, (2) no ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch  •  Spike Lee  •  James Ivory  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Liv Ullmann  •  Peter Greenaway  •  Lasse Hallström  •  Bigas Luna  •  Gabriel Axel  •  Merzak Allouache  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Cédric Klapisch  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Michael Haneke  •  Theo Angelopoulos  •  Wim Wenders  •  Fernando Trueba  •  John Boorman  •  Claude Miller  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Alain Corneau  •  Zhang Yimou  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Lucian Pintilie  •  Arthur Penn  •  Vicente Aranda  •  Jacques Rivette  •  Helma Sanders-Brahms  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Régis Wargnier  •  Francis Girod  •  Idrissa Ouedraogo  •  Jerry Schatzberg  •  Hugh Hudson  •  Ismail Merchant  •  Gaston Kaboré  •  Jaco Van Dormael  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Yoshishige Yoshida
CAST:  Jeff Alperi  •  Romane Bohringer  •  Bruno Ganz  •  Ticky Holgado

Time of the Wolf (2003)

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When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Patrice Chéreau  •  Brigitte Roüan  •  Daniel Duval

When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Haneke
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Patrice Chéreau  •  Brigitte Roüan  •  Daniel Duval

8 Women (2002)

Eight women gather to celebrate Christmas in a snowbound cottage, only to find the family patriarch dead with a knife in his back. Trapped in the house, every woman becomes a suspect, each having her own motive and secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Ozon
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Fanny Ardant

Eight women gather to celebrate Christmas in a snowbound cottage, only to find the family patriarch dead with a knife in his back. Trapped in the house, every woman becomes a suspect, each having her own motive and secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  François Ozon
CAST:  Catherine Deneuve  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Emmanuelle Béart  •  Fanny Ardant

Amateur (1994)

A man wakes up in an alley, bleeding and with no memory of who he is. He stumbles into a coffee shop and is befriended by a charitable ex-nun who is failing in her attempts to write marketable pornography.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Hartley
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Martin Donovan  •  Elina Löwensohn  •  Damian Young

A man wakes up in an alley, bleeding and with no memory of who he is. He stumbles into a coffee shop and is befriended by a charitable ex-nun who is failing in her attempts to write marketable pornography.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Hartley
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Martin Donovan  •  Elina Löwensohn  •  Damian Young

Going Places (1974)

Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeoisie holds dear, whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bertrand Blier
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Patrick Dewaere  •  Miou-Miou  •  Jeanne Moreau

Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble. They take whatever the bourgeoisie holds dear, whether it’s cars, peace of mind, or daughters. Marie-Ange, a jaded, passive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bertrand Blier
CAST:  Gérard Depardieu  •  Patrick Dewaere  •  Miou-Miou  •  Jeanne Moreau

Love’s Debris (1996)

German director Werner Schroeter invited his favourite opera singers to a 13th century abbey near Paris. There was no pre-planned action. There was no script, no continuity. On the other hand, there were precise constraints that provided the rules of the game: the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Werner Schroeter
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Anita Cerquetti  •  Carole Bouquet  •  Martha Mödl

German director Werner Schroeter invited his favourite opera singers to a 13th century abbey near Paris. There was no pre-planned action. There was no script, no continuity. On the other hand, there were precise constraints that provided the rules of the game: the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Werner Schroeter
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Anita Cerquetti  •  Carole Bouquet  •  Martha Mödl

The Bar at the Crossing (1972)

In 1916, Vincent van Horst leaves Europe to return to his Canadian homeland. There, he seeks his former love, Maria... but the lady's pride is hurt and she refuses to see him. Vincent then falls for a younger woman, Annie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alain Levent
CAST:  Jacques Brel  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Pierre-François Pistorio  •  Rosy Varte

In 1916, Vincent van Horst leaves Europe to return to his Canadian homeland. There, he seeks his former love, Maria... but the lady's pride is hurt and she refuses to see him. Vincent then falls for a younger woman, Annie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alain Levent
CAST:  Jacques Brel  •  Isabelle Huppert  •  Pierre-François Pistorio  •  Rosy Varte

Against Oblivion (1991)

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Contre l'Oubli (Against Oblivion) is a compilation of 30 French filmmakers, Alain Resnais and Jean Luc Godard among them, who use film to make a plea on behalf of a political prisoner. Jean Luc Godard and Anne Marie Mieville's film concerns the plight of Thomas ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Doillon  •  Jane Birkin  •  Bertrand Tavernier  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Alain Resnais  •  Philippe Muyl  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Claire Denis  •  Bernard Giraudeau  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Robert Kramer  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Alain Corneau  •  Chantal Akerman  •  Bertrand Blier  •  Jean Becker  •  Jacques Deray  •  Coline Serreau  •  Romain Goupil  •  Patrice Chéreau  •  Francis Girod  •  Michel Deville  •  René Allio  •  Denis Amar  •  Jean-Michel Carré  •  Dominique Dante  •  Gérard Frot-Coutaz  •  Jean-Loup Hubert  •  Anne-Marie Miéville  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Martine Franck
CAST:  Paul Amar  •  Robert Badinter  •  Guy Bedos  •  Jane Birkin

Contre l'Oubli (Against Oblivion) is a compilation of 30 French filmmakers, Alain Resnais and Jean Luc Godard among them, who use film to make a plea on behalf of a political prisoner. Jean Luc Godard and Anne Marie Mieville's film concerns the plight of Thomas ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jacques Doillon  •  Jane Birkin  •  Bertrand Tavernier  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Michel Piccoli  •  Alain Resnais  •  Philippe Muyl  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Claire Denis  •  Bernard Giraudeau  •  Costa-Gavras  •  Robert Kramer  •  Raymond Depardon  •  Alain Corneau  •  Chantal Akerman  •  Bertrand Blier  •  Jean Becker  •  Jacques Deray  •  Coline Serreau  •  Romain Goupil  •  Patrice Chéreau  •  Francis Girod  •  Michel Deville  •  René Allio  •  Denis Amar  •  Jean-Michel Carré  •  Dominique Dante  •  Gérard Frot-Coutaz  •  Jean-Loup Hubert  •  Anne-Marie Miéville  •  Sarah Moon  •  Nadine Trintignant  •  Martine Franck
CAST:  Paul Amar  •  Robert Badinter  •  Guy Bedos  •  Jane Birkin

Madame Baptiste (1974)

The narrator, who is expecting her train, following a funeral procession to care . He learns that the deceased was raped in her youth by a valet and was considered, not without hypocrisy, as an untouchable in his village.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Santelli
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Francine Bergé  •  Jean-Marc Bory  •  Roger Van Hool

The narrator, who is expecting her train, following a funeral procession to care . He learns that the deceased was raped in her youth by a valet and was considered, not without hypocrisy, as an untouchable in his village.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Claude Santelli
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Francine Bergé  •  Jean-Marc Bory  •  Roger Van Hool

Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974)

A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scissors impaled through her heart, as she lay attached to the bedposts. Apparently, the girl does have ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alain Robbe-Grillet
CAST:  阿尼斯·艾薇娜  •  Olga Georges-Picot  •  Michael Lonsdale  •  Marianne Eggerickx

A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scissors impaled through her heart, as she lay attached to the bedposts. Apparently, the girl does have ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alain Robbe-Grillet
CAST:  阿尼斯·艾薇娜  •  Olga Georges-Picot  •  Michael Lonsdale  •  Marianne Eggerickx

The Common Man (1975)

As every summer, Georges Lajoie, his wife Ginette and grown-up son Léon go on holiday to Loulou's campsite. They join old friends, the Schumachers and the Colins. Brigitte Colin, the daughter, is quite a pretty young girl now. One day, Georges rapes and murders her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Boisset
CAST:  Jean Carmet  •  Pascale Roberts  •  Ginette Garcin  •  Michel Peyrelon

As every summer, Georges Lajoie, his wife Ginette and grown-up son Léon go on holiday to Loulou's campsite. They join old friends, the Schumachers and the Colins. Brigitte Colin, the daughter, is quite a pretty young girl now. One day, Georges rapes and murders her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Boisset
CAST:  Jean Carmet  •  Pascale Roberts  •  Ginette Garcin  •  Michel Peyrelon

L'Ampélopède (1974)

In a village located in the central French region of Sologne, a young girl notes the negative effects of urbanization on her environment; then she imagines the appearance of the Ampélopède, a strange creature living in the woods.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Weinberg
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jean-Marie Marguet  •  Patricia Pierangeli  •  Jean Pignol

In a village located in the central French region of Sologne, a young girl notes the negative effects of urbanization on her environment; then she imagines the appearance of the Ampélopède, a strange creature living in the woods.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachel Weinberg
CAST:  Isabelle Huppert  •  Jean-Marie Marguet  •  Patricia Pierangeli  •  Jean Pignol
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