Josiane Balasko

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Wrote for, and performed with, the Parisian theater group "Splendid" before initiating her popular screen career in Patrice Leconte's "Les Petits Calins" (1978). Balasko directed her first features, "All Mixed Up," in ... Read more »
Born: 04/15/1950 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (60)

Retour chez ma mère 2016 (Movie)

Jacqueline Mazerin (Actor)

Le Grand Partage 2015 (Movie)

La gardienne (Actor)

Demi-soeur 2014 (Movie)

Nénette (Actor)

A Happy Event 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maman 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mes héros 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hedgehog 2011 (Movie)

Renee Michel (Actor)

Girls Sport 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

A French Gigolo 2009 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Bancs publics 2009 (Movie)

Solange Renivelle (Actor)

Neuilly sa mère! 2009 (Movie)

Directrice Collège (Actor)

Musee haut, musee bas 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ruby Blue 2008 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

La Clef 2007 (Movie)

Michele Varin (Actor)

The Red Inn 2007 (Movie)

Rose Martin (Actor)

Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever 2006 (Movie)

Nathalie (Actor)

I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

La vie est à nous! 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ex-Love of my Life 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Marie-Pierre Sarrasin (Actor)

That Woman 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Raid 2002 (Movie)

Mme. Jo (Actor)

Absolument fabuleux 2001 (Movie)

Edina Monsoon (Actor)

Un Crime au paradis 2001 (Movie)

Lulu Braconnier (Actor)

Le Libertin 2000 (Movie)

Baroness d'Holbach (Actor)

Les Acteurs 2000 (Movie)

Andre Dussollier (Actor)

Le Fils du Francais 1999 (Movie)

Suzanne (Actor)

Arlette 1997 (Movie)

Arlette (Actor)

Didier 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Un Grand cri d'amour 1997 (Movie)

Gigi Ortega (Actor)

French Twist 1996 (Movie)

Marijo (Actor)

Dead Tired 1995 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Shadow of a Doubt 1993 (Movie)

Sophia the Teacher (Actor)

Les Secrets professionnels du Docteur Apfelgluck 1991 (Movie)

The Scientist (Actor)

My Life Is Hell 1991 (Movie)

Leah (Actor)

Too Beautiful For You 1990 (Movie)

Colette Chevassu (Actor)

Sans peur et sans reproche 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Une Nuit a l'assemblee nationale 1988 (Movie)

A Journalist (Actor)

Les Keufs 1987 (Movie)

Mireille Molyneux (Actor)

Nuit d'ivresse 1986 (Movie)

Frede (Actor)

Les Freres Petard 1985 (Movie)

Aline (Actor)

La Smala 1984 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)

Sac de Noeuds 1984 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Le Vengeance du serpent a plumes 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Petit Con 1983 (Movie)

Rolande (Actor)

Tranches de Vie 1983 (Movie)

(Actor)

Papy Fait de la Resistance 1982 (Movie)

La pharmacienne (Actor)

Signes Exterieurs de Richesse 1982 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

Hotel des Ameriques 1981 (Movie)

Colette (Actor)

Le Pere Noel est une Ordure 1981 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Hommes preferent les grosses 1980 (Movie)

Lydie (Actor)

Les Bronzes font du ski 1978 (Movie)

Nathalie (Actor)

Les Heros n'ont pas froid aux oreilles 1977 (Movie)

Client (Actor)

Les Petits calins 1977 (Movie)

Corinne (Actor)

Sun Tan 1977 (Movie)

Nathalie (Actor)

Nous irons tous au paradis 1976 (Movie)

Josy (Actor)

Pauline et l'Ordinateur 1976 (Movie)

Pauline (Actor)

Tell Him I Love Him 1976 (Movie)

Nadine (Actor)

The Tenant 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Une Fille Unique 1975 (Movie)

Simone (Actor)
Writer (21)

Demi-soeur 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A French Gigolo 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

A French Gigolo 2009 (Movie)

(from novel: "Cliente") (Source Material)

Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ex-Love of my Life 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ex-Love of my Life 2005 (Movie)

(from the play) (Source Material)

Arlette 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

French Twist 1996 (Movie)

screenplay and dialogue (Screenplay)

French Twist 1996 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

My Life Is Hell 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Life Is Hell 1991 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

My Life Is Hell 1991 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Les Keufs 1987 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation (Screenplay)

Nuit d'ivresse 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nuit d'ivresse 1986 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Sac de Noeuds 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Pere Noel est une Ordure 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Hommes preferent les grosses 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Retour en force 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sun Tan 1977 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Pauline et l'Ordinateur 1976 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Director (8)

Demi-soeur 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

A French Gigolo 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ex-Love of my Life 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Un Grand cri d'amour 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

French Twist 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

My Life Is Hell 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Keufs 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Sac de Noeuds 1984 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (2)

The Ex-Love of my Life 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Les Keufs 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Wrote for, and performed with, the Parisian theater group "Splendid" before initiating her popular screen career in Patrice Leconte's "Les Petits Calins" (1978). Balasko directed her first features, "All Mixed Up," in 1985 and is best known to international audiences as the emotionally satisfying, but physically unattractive, mistress of Gerard Depardieu in Bertrand Blier's "Too Beautiful For You" (1989). Balasko tends to play comic roles which punctures male machismo, and which have wreaked havoc on the popular images of French sexuality. Declining to describe herself as a feminist -- or be labeled as anything else in particular, except an artist -- Balasko's scripts and directorial turns have been breaking ground in France, where her "French Twist," the 1995 story of a butch lesbian (played by Balasko), who becomes involved with a bourgeois couple whose marriage is shaky and whose self-images are shaky as well, was the second-highest grossing domestic film of the year.

EDUCATION

studied drama with Tania Balachova

Milestones

2001

Portrayed Edina in "Absolument Fabuleux", a French feature based on the popular British comedy series "Absolutely Fabulous"

2000

Co-starred in "The Frenchman's Son", written and directed by Gerard Lauzier

1995

Directed French box office smash, "French Twist"; also starred

1989

Played Gerard Depardieu's mistress in "Trop belle pour toi"

1985

Made feature directing debut (also actress; writer), "Sac de noeuds/All Mixed Up"

1978

Made feature acting debut, "Les Petits Calins"

1977

Made screenwriting debut (dialogue), "Pauline et l'ordinateur"

1976

Played bit parts in "Une fille unique" and Roman Polanski's "The Tenant"

1975

Joined theater troupe, "Splendid"; other members included Michel Blanc, Thierry Lhermitte and Dominique Lavanant

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