Louis Garrel

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Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel Cannes 2010.jpg
Born (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 31)
Paris, France
Occupation actor, director
Years active 1989–present

Louis Garrel (born 14 June 1983) is a French actor. He is best known for his starring role in The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.[1][2] He regularly appears in films by French director Christophe Honoré, including Ma mère, Dans Paris, Les Chansons d'amour, La Belle Personne and Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser.[3]

Early life[edit]

Garrel is the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy. His grandfather, Maurice Garrel, and his godfather, Jean-Pierre Léaud, are also notable French actors.[3][4] He is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris.[3]

Film career[edit]

He was 6 years old when he first appeared onscreen, in the movie Le baisers de secours.[1] It would be more than a decade before appearing in another film, Ceci est mon corps.

In 2002, Garrel gained international recognition playing Eva Green's twin brother in The Dreamers.[2] Director Bernardo Bertolucci found him on the first session of casting in Paris.[5] Garrel has since starred in various French films, including Les amants réguliers (2005), directed by his father Philippe Garrel. He was awarded the 2006 César Award for Best Male Newcomer for his work, and his grandfather Maurice Garrel appeared in a supporting role.[1][3]

The youngest Garrel has been exploring his talents: he showcased his singing ability in the Christophe Honoré-directed film Les Chansons d'amour.[6] In 2008, Garrel wrote and directed a short film, Mes copains (My buddies).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Aside from his native French, Garrel speaks English and Italian.[3]

Garrel was in a relationship with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi from 2005 to 2012. She is the elder sister of Carla Bruni, the former French First Lady. In 2009 Bruni Tedeschi and Garrel adopted a baby from Senegal, whom they named Céline.[7][8]



Year Film Role Notes
1989 Le baisers de secours (Emergency Kisses) Lo
2001 Ceci est mon corps Antoine
2002 The War in Paris (La guerre à Paris)
2003 The Dreamers Theo
2004 Ma mère Pierre, the Son
2005 Regular Lovers (Les amants réguliers) François Dervieux César Award for Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin)
Etoiles d'Or for Best Male Newcomer (La révélation masculine)
2006 Dans Paris Jonathan
A Curtain Raiser (Un lever de rideau) Bruno
2007 Love Songs (Les Chansons d'amour) Ismaël Bénoliel
Actrices (Actresses) Éric
2008 Choisir d'aimer Pascal
La frontière de l'aube (Frontier of the Dawn) François
The Beautiful Person (La Belle Personne) Jacques Nemours
"Mes copains" Short written and directed by Louis Garrel.
2009 Making Plans for Lena (Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser) Simon
2010 Le mariage à trois Théo
Diarchia (Diarchy) Short film written and directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino.
Heartbeats (Les Amours Imaginaires) Guest in the final scene
2011 The Beloved (Les Bien-aimés) Clément
A Burning Hot Summer (Un été brûlant)
2013 A Castle in Italy Nathan
La Jalousie Louis
2014 Saint Laurent Jacques de Bascher


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Mistérios de Lisboa 2 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

César Awards[edit]

Year Award Film Result
2006 Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin) Les amants réguliers Won[3][9]

Étoiles d'Or[edit]

Year Award Film Result
2006 Best Male Newcomer (La révélation masculine) Les amants réguliers Won[3]

Prix Patrick Dewaere[edit]

Year Award Result
2009 The award has been granted since 2008, in memory of French actor, Patrick Dewaere. Won[3]


  1. ^ a b c d The Auteurs - Louis Garrel theauteurs.com
  2. ^ a b Rozemeyer, Karl. "Louis Garrel - Better in Threes" Premiere.com. March 21, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Internet Movie Database - Louis Garrel imdb.com
  4. ^ The Auteurs - Philippe Garrel theauteurs.com
  5. ^ Morales, Wilson. "The Dreamers: An Interview with Bernardo Bertolucci", Blackfilm.com. 2004. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Orange, Michelle. "Talking with Christopher Honoré and Louis Garrel", The Village Voice, 18 March 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Boivin, Justine. "Tout oppose les deux sœur", Gala, 14 October 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  8. ^ Allen, Peter. "Carla Bruni 'besotted' after becoming aunt to Senegalese baby... will she adopt one of her own?", Daily Mail, March 20, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  9. ^ Académie des César - Site Officiel

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