A natural and photogenic performer with the gamine air of a young Leslie Caron, French-born Elodie Bouchez decided early on a career in acting. A model at thirteen, she auditioned for the late Serge G...
Acted in first English-language film, Jean-Marc Barr's directorial debut "Lovers"
Joined the cast of "Alias" (ABC) as Zoe Rienne, an internationally wanted criminal who had secretly been working with Vaughn (Michael Vartan)
Had a small part as a young girl in Ismail Merchant's "The Proprietor"
Her Cesar Award-winning role in Andre Techine's "Les Roseaux sauvages/Wild Reeds" vaulted her to the front ranks of young French talent; co-starred opposite Gael Morel
Cast in Jeff Stanzler's "Sorry, Haters" a drama set against the anxieties and fears of post-9/11 America
Co-starred in the independent comedy "Shooting Vegetarians"
Portrayed a woman thought to be dead from a drug overdose who receives the attentions of a necrophiliac mortician (Jean-Marc Barr) in Didier Le Pecheur's controversial "J'aimerais pas crever un dimanche", inspired by a true story
Reteamed with director Morel for French TV-movie "Grand Surface/Shopping Mall"
Film debut in Serge Gainsbourg's "Stan the Flasher"
Reteamed with Morel in Laurent Bouhnik's "Zonzon"
Co-starred with Roschdy Zem, Gerald Thomassin and Antoine du Merle in Siegfried's "Louise (Take 2)", a love story set among petty criminals living in rough Paris
Appeared in Morel's feature directing debut, "A Toute vitesse/Full Speed"
Worked as a model
At age 16, auditioned for and was cast in first film role
First schoolgirl appearance on stage at age six convinced her acting was her calling
First film with director Graham Guit, "Le ceil est a nous"
Served as jury member at the 23rd Deauville Festival of American Cinema; jury president was Sophie Marceau
Second film with Guit, "Les Kidnappers", a Tarantino-style adventure about a gang of young safecrackers
Widely acclaimed for her role as Isa in Erick Zonca's "La Vie revee des anges/The Dreamlife of Angels"; role written especially for her; shared Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award with co-star Natacha Regnier; also won second Cesar as Best Actress
Also acted with Morel in "Those Were the Days"
Acted in Christine Lipinska's "Le Cahier vole"
A natural and photogenic performer with the gamine air of a young Leslie Caron, French-born Elodie Bouchez decided early on a career in acting. A model at thirteen, she auditioned for the late Serge Gainsbourg at 16 and two weeks later was working on his "Stan the Flasher" (1990). Her feature debut led to a good role in Christine Lipinska's "Le Cahier vole" (1992), after which her career in essence stalled until Andre Techine's "Les Roseaux sauvages/Wild Reeds" (1994) vaulted her to the front ranks of French actresses. Bringing an extra measure of life to her character of Maite, the platonic best friend of the sensitive gay Francois (Techine's alter ego played by Gael Morel), she richly deserved the Cesar she took home as Most Promising Female. She also acted with Morel that year in "Those Were the Days", appeared in his directorial debut, "A Toute Vitesse" (1996) and performed with him again in Laurent Bouhnik's "Zonzon" (1998).<p> Erick Zonca's "La Vie revee des anges/The Dreamlife of Angels" (1998) raised her profile further. Its emotionally powerful study of the deterioration of a friendship between two women cast her as the free-spirited, unaffected Isa opposite the turbulent, tragic Marie (Natacha Regnier). Though Regnier was excellent (and shared the Cannes Award for Best Actress with her co-star), it was Bouchez's female drifter who really dominated the picture, a fact finally acknowledged when she beat out the favorite Catherine Deneuve ("Place Vendome") for the Best Actress Cesar. Also shown at Cannes that year was Siegfried's "Louise (Take 2)", in which she played another free spirit, this time drawn to the risks of petty crime until her arrest makes her realize she is not who she is pretending to be. She starred opposite Jean-Marc Barr in Didier Le Pecheur's controversial, fact-based "J'aimerais pas crever un dimanche" (also 1998) playing a presumed deceased woman whom a necrophilic mortician has sex with only to discover she is not dead and the pair begin a relationship. Bouchez reteamed with Barr for his directorial debut, the English-language "Lovers" (1999).
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On forsaking Paris for Los Angeles: "I'm happy with the kind of work I've been able to do so far. If I could make the same kinds of films, the same kinds of choices, then I would have to consider it." --Elodie Bouchez quoted in Detour Magazine, March 1999.
"I met Erick Zonca five years ago at a short-film festival. When he came on the stage to get his prize, he said that I didn't know it yet, but he was writing his first feature thinking of me ... The character of Marie was such a great one: so emotional, so intense ... Isa was just a good girlfriend, a person who was passive ... it wasn't so different from what I have already done, so I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. I said all that to Erick, who said, 'No, no, I like her like that. I don't know how to explain it, but she's very generous and I like her.'
"I decided to trust Erick and to trust myself that I could find what could be interesting in Isa. He wanted me to be a kind of hippie person, with long hair that I had done before ... I really needed to change. So I cut my hair short ... But because he wanted to have the last word, he said 'Okay, go shorter ... make it really short.' Well, I was scared this time, but I did it." --Bouchez to Time Out New York, April 1-8, 1999.