Louis Garrel

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Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel Cannes 2017.jpg
Born (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 37)
Paris, France
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active1989–present
(m. 2017)
Partner(s)Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2007–2012)
Parent(s)Philippe Garrel
Brigitte Sy
RelativesMaurice Garrel (grandfather)
Esther Garrel (sister)

Louis Garrel (born 14 June 1983) is a French actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his starring role in The Dreamers, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.[1][2] He has regularly appeared in films by French director Christophe Honoré, including Ma Mère, Dans Paris, Love Songs, The Beautiful Person and Making Plans for Lena. He has also been in films directed by his father, Philippe Garrel, including Regular Lovers, Frontier of the Dawn, A Burning Hot Summer, and Jealousy.

Garrel has also performed in two feature films that were written and directed by him: Les Deux Amis, starring Golshifteh Farahani and Vincent Macaigne; and A Faithful Man, starring Laetitia Casta and Lily-Rose Depp.

He usually plays similar characters such as men in the middle of love triangles or important historical figures such as Jacques de Bascher in Saint Laurent, Jean-Luc Godard in Le Redoutable, and Alfred Dreyfus in An Officer and a Spy. His performances have received many nominations at the César Awards.

He is also known for working with different female directors such as Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Brigitte Sy, Maïwenn, and Nicole Garcia. In 2019, Garrel performed his first English-speaking role by playing Friedrich Bhaer in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women.

Early life[edit]

Garrel was born in Paris, France, the son of director Philippe Garrel and actress Brigitte Sy, and the brother of actress Esther Garrel. His grandfather, Maurice Garrel, and his godfather, Jean-Pierre Léaud, are also notable French actors.[3][4] His mother is of Sephardic Jewish descent.[5][6] He is a graduate of the Conservatoire de Paris.[3]


Garrel was six when he first appeared onscreen, in the film Les Baisers de secours.[1] Twelve years later, he appeared in his second 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.[7] Garrel has since starred in various French films, including Les Amants réguliers (2005), directed by his father Philippe Garrel. He was awarded the César Award for Most Promising Actor for his work in the film.[1][3]

Garrel has collaborated five times with filmmaker Christophe Honoré in the feature films Ma Mère (2004), an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Georges Bataille starring Isabelle Huppert; Dans Paris (2006), alongside Romain Duris; Love Songs (2007), a film for which he also revealed his talent as a singer;[8] The Beautiful Person (2008); Making Plans for Lena (2009) and finally, Two Friends (2015), where Honoré served as co-writer. He also appeared in Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's Actrices (2007), Rachid Hami's Choisir d'aimer (2008) and Philipe Garrel's Frontier of the Dawn (2008).

In 2008, he launched into directing with his first short film, Mes copains. Two years later, he directed a second short film, Petit Tailleur.[9]

He appeared in Heartbeats, the second film by director Xavier Dolan, released in 2010. In 2011, Garrel directed a third short film, La Règle de trois, with Vincent Macaigne and Golshifteh Farahani, which he presented at the Locarno Festival.[10]

In 2014, he played Jacques de Bascher, the lover of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in Bertrand Bonello's film, Saint Laurent.

His directional debut film, Two Friends, starring Golshifteh Farahani, Vincent Macaigne and himself,[11][12] was released in cinemas in 2015.

In 2019, Garrel starred in An Officer and a Spy directed by Roman Polanski, which revolved around the Dreyfus affair.[13] The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in August 2019, and was released in November 2019.[14][15] That same year, he starred in Little Women based upon novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott opposite Saoirse Ronan.[16]

Garrel will next star in Rifkin's Festival directed by Woody Allen,[17] DNA directed by Maïwenn,[18] and The Story of My Wife opposite Léa Seydoux, directed by Ildikó Enyedi.[19]

Personal life[edit]

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

Garrel was in a relationship with Valeria Bruni Tedeschi from 2007 to 2012. She is the elder sister of Carla Bruni, the wife of the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy. In 2009 Bruni Tedeschi and Garrel adopted a baby from Senegal, whom they named Céline.[20]

In June 2017, Garrel married model and actress Laetitia Casta and became stepfather to her three children. The couple have been together since 2015.[21]


As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Les Baisers de secours Lo
2001 Ceci est mon corps Antoine
2002 The War in Paris (La Guerre à Paris)
2003 The Dreamers Theo
2004 Ma mère Pierre
2005 Regular Lovers François Dervieux César Award for Most Promising Actor
Etoiles d'Or for Best Male Newcomer
2006 Dans Paris Jonathan
2006 A Curtain Raiser (Un lever de rideau) Bruno Short film
2007 Love Songs Ismaël Bénoliel Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
2007 Actrices Éric
2008 Choisir d'aimer Pascal
2008 Frontier of the Dawn François
2008 The Beautiful Person Jacques Nemours
2009 Making Plans for Lena Simon
2010 Le Mariage à trois Théo
2010 Heartbeats Guest in the final scene
2010 Diarchy Short film written and directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
2011 Beloved Clément
2011 La Règle de trois Louis Short film (also as director and screenwriter)
Prix Jean Vigo
2011 A Burning Hot Summer Frédéric
2012 Les coquillettes Louis Garrel
2013 A Castle in Italy Nathan
2013 Jealousy Louis
2014 Saint Laurent Jacques de Bascher Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 L'Astragale Jacky
2015 In the Shadow of Women Narrator (voice)
2015 Mon roi Solal Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2015 Two Friends Abel Also as director and screenwriter
2016 Planetarium André Korben
2016 From the Land of the Moon André Sauvage
2017 False Confessions Dorante TV Movie
2017 Redoubtable Jean-Luc Godard Nominated—César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
2017 Ismael's Ghosts Ivan Dedalus
2018 Un peuple et son roi Robespierre
2018 At Eternity's Gate Aurier's Article (voice)
2018 A Faithful Man Abel Also writer and director
2019 Funan Khuon (voice)
2019 An Officer and a Spy Alfred Dreyfus Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2019 Little Women Friedrich Bhaer
2020 DNA François
2020 Rifkin's Festival Philippe
TBA The Story of My Wife Post-production

As filmmaker[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Director Screenwriter
2008 Mes copains Yes Yes Short film
2010 Petit Tailleur Yes Yes Short film
Nominated—César Award for Best Short Film
2011 La Règle de trois Yes Yes Short film (also as actor)
2015 Two Friends Yes Yes Also as actor
Nominated—Cannes Film Festival - Caméra d'Or
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best First Film
2018 A Faithful Man Yes Yes Also as actor

Other awards[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Rozemeyer, Karl. "Louis Garrel - Better in Threes"[permanent dead link] Premiere.com. March 21, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
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  4. ^ The Auteurs - Philippe Garrel theauteurs.com
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  7. ^ Morales, Wilson. "The Dreamers: An Interview with Bernardo Bertolucci", Blackfilm.com. 2004. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
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  11. ^ "Le premier long métrage de Louis Garrel, c'est pour bientôt !". AlloCiné.
  12. ^ Prieur, Eléonore (June 3, 2014). "Louis Garrel offre un rôle à sa compagne dans Les Deux Amis". Le Figaro.fr.
  13. ^ Roxborough, Scott (28 September 2018). "Roman Polanski's 'J'Accuse' Is Filmmaker's First in the Post-#MeToo Era". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  14. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (25 July 2019). "Joker, Ad Astra, The Laundromat, Marriage Story to Compete in Venice". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  15. ^ "J'Accuse". Gaumont Film Company. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  16. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (5 September 2018). "Louis Garrel Cast In 'Little Women' Movie At Sony". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  17. ^ Galuppo, Mia (June 4, 2019). "Woody Allen Sets New Feature With Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  18. ^ Roxborough, Scott (3 June 2020). "Cannes 2020 Lineup Unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  19. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (9 April 2019). "ldikó Enyedi shooting The Story of My Wife". CineEuropa.org. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  20. ^ Boivin, Justine. "Tout oppose les deux sœur", Gala, 14 October 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  21. ^ "French Model Laetitia Casta Is Married! Get All the Details on the Secret Ceremony". PEOPLE.com.

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