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Agnès Jaoui at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival
19 October 1964 |
Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Occupation(s)||Screenwriter, film director, actress, singer|
Agnès Jaoui (born 19 October 1964) is a French screenwriter, film director, actress and singer.
She frequently works in collaboration with her former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri.
Life and career
Jaoui was born in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, and is of Tunisian Jewish descent. She is the daughter of Hubert Jaoui and Gyza Jaoui, who are not related to the cinema industry but are both writers. They moved to Paris when she was 8 years old. She started theatre when she was in high school at the Lycée Henri-IV in Paris. She entered the Cours Florent when she was 15. Patrice Chéreau, director of the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre where she followed drama classes since 1984, gave her a role in the film Hôtel de France in 1987. That same year, she also played in Harold Pinter's L'anniversaire beside Jean-Pierre Bacri, who will be later a faithful colleague and companion.
Together they wrote the play Cuisines et dépendances which was adapted onscreen in 1992 by Philippe Muyl. In 1993, director Alain Resnais asked them to write an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's 8-part play Intimate Exchanges, which became the 2-part film Smoking/No Smoking. Thanks to this ironic diptych about free will and destiny, they won the César Award for Best Writing in 1994. But it is in 1996 that they came to know greater success with Cédric Klapisch's adaptation of their play Family Resemblances (Un air de famille) which showed their ability to observe and depict everyday life, and to criticize the social norms through a bitter and corrosive humor. Once again, they won the César Award for Best Writing in 1997 and this very same year they collaborated again with Alain Resnais for Same Old Song (On connaît la chanson) which they wrote but also interpreted: together, they won their third César Award for Best Writing, and Jaoui won her first César Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jaoui directed her first feature film, The Taste of Others (Le Goût des autres, 2000, written with Jean-Pierre Bacri), which questions social-cultural identities. The film was a huge success in France and attracted 4 million spectators. It also won 4 César Awards in 2001 including Best Film and Best Writing, and also got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2004, her second film as a director, Look at Me (Comme une image), co-written with Bacri, was selected for the Cannes Festival, and won the prize for Best Screenplay. She starred in the last Richard Dembo's film, La maison de Nina (2005) and then focused on music and released her album of Latin songs Canta (2006). She returned to the cinema industry two years later in 2008 with Let's Talk About the Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) and offered French humorist Jamel Debbouze a different role from what he was used to.
In 2012, she directed her latest film to-date, Under the Rainbow (Au bout du conte), also co-written with Bacri. She revisits several fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood. It received acclaim —for originality and humor in the writing and dialogue— from critics and audiences.
Jaoui is the daughter of Gyza Jaoui; a pioneering figure of transactional analysis, a form of psychotherapy initiated by Eric Berne. Jaoui has a brother, Laurent Jaoui (fr), who is also a screenwriter and a director.
|Year||English title||Original title||Director||Role|
|1983||Le Faucon||Michel Boujenah||Sandra|
|1987||Hôtel de France||Patrice Chéreau||Madame Bouguereau|
|1987||L'amoureuse (fr)||Jacques Doillon||Agathe|
|1990||Ivanov||Arnaud Sélignac (fr)||Babakina|
|1991||Canti (fr)||Manuel Pradal (fr)|
|1993||Cuisine et Dépendances (fr)||Philippe Muyl (fr)||Charlotte|
|1996||Family Resemblances||Un air de famille||Cédric Klapisch||Betty Ménard|
|1997||Le Déménagement (fr)||Olivier Doran (fr)||Claire|
|1997||Same Old Song||On connaît la chanson||Alain Resnais||Camille|
|1998||Le cousin||Alain Corneau||Claudine Delvaux|
|1999||On The Run||Bruno de Almeida||Kristin|
|2000||Une femme d'extérieur (fr)||Christophe Blanc (fr)||Françoise|
|2000||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres||Agnès Jaoui||Mani|
|2003||24 Hours in the Life of a Woman||24 heures dans la vie d'une femme||Laurent Bouhnik (fr)||Marie Collins Brown|
|2004||The Role of Her Life||Le rôle de sa vie||François Favrat (fr)||Elisabeth Baker|
|2004||La Maison de Nina (fr)||Richard Dembo||Nina|
|2004||Look at Me||Comme une image||Agnès Jaoui||Sylvia Millet|
|2008||Let's Talk About the Rain||Parlez-moi de la pluie||Agnès Jaoui||Agathe Villanova|
|2012||Du vent dans mes mollets (fr)||Carine Tardieu (fr)||Colette Gladstein|
|2013||Under the Rainbow||Au bout du conte||Agnès Jaoui||Marianne|
|2014||L'Art de la fugue||Brice Cauvin||Ariel|
|Year||English title||Original title||Director||Co-writer(s)|
|1993||Smoking/No Smoking||Alain Resnais||Jean-Pierre Bacri|
|1993||Cuisine et Dépendances||Philippe Muyl||Jean-Pierre Bacri and Philippe Muyl|
|1996||Family Resemblances||Un Air de Famille||Cédric Klapisch||Jean-Pierre Bacri and Cédric Klapisch|
|1997||Same Old Song||On Connaît la Chanson||Alain Resnais||Jean-Pierre Bacri|
|2000||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres||Agnès Jaoui||Jean-Pierre Bacri|
|2004||Look at Me||Comme une image||Agnès Jaoui||Jean-Pierre Bacri|
|2008||Let's Talk About the Rain||Parlez-moi de la Pluie||Agnès Jaoui||Jean-Pierre Bacri|
|2013||Under the Rainbow||Au Bout du Conte||Agnès Jaoui||Jean-Pierre Bacri|
|2014||L'Art de la fugue||Brice Cauvin||Brice Cauvin and Raphaëlle Desplechin|
|Date||English title||Original title|
|2000||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres|
|2004||Look at Me||Comme Une Image|
|2008||Let's Talk About the Rain||Parlez-moi de la Pluie|
|2013||Under the Rainbow||Au bout du conte|
Jaoui studied music in the conservatoire when she was 17, but did not start her career as a singer until 2006 when her first album Canta was released. It mixed several Latin music genres (such as flamenco, bolero, and bossa) and she sang exclusively in Spanish and Portuguese. In 2007, it won the Victoire de la Musique award for "best traditional music album".
|2009||Dans Mon Pays|
|1993||César Award for Best Writing||Smoking/No Smoking||shared with Bacri|
|1996||César Award for Best Writing||Family Resemblances||Un air de famille||shared with Bacri|
|1997||César Award for Best Writing||Same Old Song||On connaît la chanson||shared with Bacri|
|1998||César Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Same Old Song||On connaît la chanson|
|2000||César Award for Best Film||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres|
|2000||César Award for Best Writing||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres||shared with Bacri|
|2001||René Clair Award||shared with Bacri|
|2004||Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival||Look at Me||Comme une image||shared with Bacri|
|2007||Victoires de la Musique — World music album of the year||Canta|
- Klifa, Thierry (February 2000). "Agnès Jaoui: L'art de vivre". Studio magazine (153): 124–129. ISSN 0982-8354.
- Lorrain, François-Guillaume (11 September 2008). "Jaoui ne se laisse pas faire". Le Point. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- ""Au bout du conte", d'Agnès Jaoui, une comédie piquante très Jaoui-Bacri". Télérama.fr. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Amalric, Laurent (31 January 2013). "Le conte est bon à Six-Fours pour le duo Bacri-Jaoui". Nice-Matin. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Karelle, Fitoussi (26 August 2012). "Agnès Jaoui, la douceur de vivre". Paris Match. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- ""Canta" ou la délicatesse d'Agnès Jaoui". Linternaute.com. February 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- ""Dans mon pays", Agnès Jaoui y El Quintet Oficial". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- "Festival de Cannes: Look at Me". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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