Agnès Jaoui

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Agnès Jaoui
Agnès Jaoui Cannes.jpg
Background information
Born (1964-10-19) October 19, 1964 (age 49)
Origin Antony, France
Genres World Music
Occupations Screenwriter, film director, actress, singer

Agnès Jaoui (born 19 October 1964) is an award-winning French screenwriter, film director, actress and singer.

She frequently works in collaboration with her former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri.

Biography[edit]

Jaoui was born in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, and is of Tunisian Jewish descent.[1] She is the daughter of Hubert Jaoui and Gyza Jaoui, who are not related to the cinema industry but are both writers.[1] 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.[1] She entered the Cours Florent when she was 15.[1] 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.[2]

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 outres, 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 Screnplay. 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.[3]

Private Life[edit]

Jaoui and Jean-Pierre Bacri in 2013 at the première showing of Au bout du conte.

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.

Jaoui was in a relationship with Jean-Pierre Bacri from 1987 to 2012.[2] Despite their breakup, the two decided to stay on good terms and to continue to work together.[4]

She adopted two children from Brazil in 2012.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

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 L'Art de la fugue (fr) Brice Cauvin (fr) Ariel
2013 Under the Rainbow Au bout du conte Agnès Jaoui Marianne

Screenplay[edit]

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

Director[edit]

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

Music[edit]

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.[6] In 2007, it won the Victoire de la Musique award for "best traditional music album".

Jaoui's second album, Dans Mon Pays, was released in 2009. It also featured Latin sonorities and songs sang in Spanish and Portuguese— except for two songs in French.[7]

Discography[edit]

Year Title
2006 Canta
2009 Dans Mon Pays

Awards[edit]

Year Award Work Original title Notes
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[8]
2007 Victoires de la Musique — World music album of the year Canta

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Klifa, Thierry (February 2000). "Agnès Jaoui: L'art de vivre". Studio magazine (153): 124–129. ISSN 0982-8354. 
  2. ^ a b Lorrain, François-Guillaume (11 September 2008). "Jaoui ne se laisse pas faire". Le Point. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "“Au bout du conte”, d'Agnès Jaoui, une comédie piquante très Jaoui-Bacri". Télérama.fr. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Amalric, Laurent (31 January 2013). "Le conte est bon à Six-Fours pour le duo Bacri-Jaoui". Nice-Matin. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Karelle, Fitoussi (26 August 2012). "Agnès Jaoui, la douceur de vivre". Paris Match. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  6. ^ ""Canta" ou la délicatesse d'Agnès Jaoui". Linternaute.com. February 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  7. ^ ""Dans mon pays", Agnès Jaoui y El Quintet Oficial". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Look at Me". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Mesk Elil
by Souad Massi
2006
Victoires de la Musique
World music album of the year
Canta
by Agnès Jaoui

2007
Succeeded by
Yael Naim
by Yael Naïm
2008