French actress Mireille Perrier began acting in theatre before garnering roles in film. After finding a small part in "La bête noire</b, she played a filmmaker's suicidal love interest in the tragedy "Boy Meets Girl." New-comer Leos Carax directed the film and it received positive recognition at the Cannes Film Festival. Perrier's popularity continued to rise and she played the lead in the dreamy fantasy drama "Elle a passé tant d'heures sous les sunlights..." and as Anna in the adaptation of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel "Jour et nuit." She caught the attention of high profile directors and was cast in director Claire Denis' first film about racism in West Africa, "Chocolat." In "Love Without Pity," Perrier played a studious student who falls in love with a slacker and her performance garnered her a César Award for Most Promising Actress. In 1991, she was cast in the award winning and critically successful drama about an aging man's last revenge "Toto the Hero." By the late 1990s, Perrier found leading roles in short films and television series. She made her first jump into romantic comedies by playing a director's assistant in "The Ice Rink." She found more mature roles as she became older, but crossed into the action genre by playing a commandant in the crime thriller "Point Blank."