Not only is Juliette Binoche tr√®s sexy, she’s widely regarded as one of film’s most-respected performers for the intelligence she has brought to complex and varied roles throughout her career.
Starting tonight 8.30pm with A Monkey On My Shoulder, we’re celebrating this French screen siren with some of her finest performances over two nights as part of WM Focus On: Juliette Binoche.
In the meantime, we’re taking a look at some of our favourite Juliette Binoche performances – from the riveting to the playful, we’ve got it covered.
Chocolat (United Kingdom/United States, 2000)
The most tempting of all sweets in this film is not the lashings of chocolate, but rather Juliette Binoche herself. This romantic drama follows a woman and daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village, and soon start to shake up the rigid morality of the community. The movie is charming and whimsical, and Binoche reigns as a serene and wise goddess.
Cloud of Sils Maria (Germany/Switzerland/France, 2015)
A multi-layered, femme-driven film that pushed Binoche to new heights. She stars as a veteran actress who comes face-to-face with an uncomfortable reflection of herself when performing in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years earlier. Binoche tackles the complex role with elegance and melancholic wit.
A Monkey On My Shoulder (Argentina/France, 2012)
This powerful, heart-breaking drama tells the story of two surgeons whose marriage deteriorates when the husband develops a severe drinking problem. Binoche delivers an unbridled performance as a lustful yet forgiving wife. Tune in tonight 8.30pm for the Australian Television Premiere of A Monkey On My Shoulder.
Paris (France, 2008)
In this romantic drama, Juliette Binoche stars as a tousle-haired divorced social worker who moves in with her brother after he learns he has a possibly fatal heart ailment. The film boasts an ensemble cast, but it’s Juliette you want to see more of.
Three Colors Blue (France/Poland/Switzerland, 1993)
Juliette Binoche was awarded a Golden Globe for her portrayal of a devastated woman struggling to cope with the death of her husband and child in a car crash. Binoche’s acting is brilliantly understated, and she conveys with minimal dialogue and outward affectedness a woman in internal turmoil.