Louis Garrel

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Louis Garrel
Louis Garrel Cannes 2010.jpg
Born (1983-06-14) 14 June 1983 (age 36)
Paris, France
  • Actor
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active1989–present
Laetitia Casta (m. 2017)
Partner(s)Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2007–2012)
Parent(s)Philippe Garrel
Brigitte Sy
RelativesMaurice Garrel (paternal 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 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 was born in Paris, France, 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]


Garrel was six when he first appeared onscreen, in the film Le 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.[5] 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 filmaker 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[6]; 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[7].

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[8].

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[9][10], was released in cinemas in 2015.

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.[11]

In June 2017, Garrel married model and actress Laetitia Casta and became stepfather to her three children. The couple have been together since 2015.[12]


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
2019 Little Women Friedrich Bhaer
2020 The Story of My Wife Post-production
TBA Rifkin's Festival 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]


  1. ^ a b c The Auteurs - Louis Garrel theauteurs.com
  2. ^ a b Rozemeyer, Karl. "Louis Garrel - Better in Threes"[permanent dead link] Premiere.com. March 21, 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ "RFI - Cinéma - Quand l'amour se chante et se pleure". www1.rfi.fr.
  7. ^ "Louis Garrel confirme ses talents de cinéaste avec Petit tailleur". LExpress.fr. May 21, 2010.
  8. ^ "Wikiwix's cache". archive.wikiwix.com.
  9. ^ "Le premier long métrage de Louis Garrel, c'est pour bientôt !". AlloCiné.
  10. ^ Prieur, Eléonore (June 3, 2014). "Louis Garrel offre un rôle à sa compagne dans Les Deux Amis". Le Figaro.fr.
  11. ^ Boivin, Justine. "Tout oppose les deux sœur", Gala, 14 October 2008. Retrieved April 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "French Model Laetitia Casta Is Married! Get All the Details on the Secret Ceremony". PEOPLE.com.

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