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Sandrine Bonnaire

Sandrine Bonnaire

In 1983, Bonnaire became an overnight sensation in France when she was chosen from among thousands of teenage girl for the leading role in Maurice Pialat's To Our Loves, garnering France's highest acting award, the Cesar, for her performance. Her combination of street-smart toughness and moving vulnerability led many critics to compare her with the legendary Jeanne Moreau in her very first film. Bonnaire went on to draw further acclaim for her fearless portrait of the homeless wanderer in Agnes Varda's international critical hit Vagabond, winning a second Cesar. With that, Bonnaire was firmly established as one of the leading ladies of her generation.

She has worked with many of France's most highly regarded directors. Among her many film roles are Maurice Pialat's Under the Sun of Satan with Gerard Depardieu, Andre Techine's The Innocents, Claude Sautet's A Few Days With Me with Daniel Auteil and Jacques Rivette's Secret Defense. She has received three additional Cesar nominations: for Patrice Leconte's Monsieur Hire starring with Michel Blanc; Claude Chabrol's thriller La Ceremonie paired with Isabel Huppert; and Regis Wargnier's East/West with Catherine Denueve. Having appeared in more than 40 films, Bonnaire most recently starred with Julia Ormond and Bill Paxton in Resistance, based on the Anita Shreve novel about a WWII fighter pilot.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Sandrine Bonnaire Facts

BirthdayMay 31, 1967 (56)
BirthplaceClermont-Ferrand, France

Selected Filmography

Queen to Play
Color of Lies
Intimate Strangers
Sous Le Soleil De Satan
Au Coeur Du Mensonge
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