Agnès Jaoui at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
19 October 1964|
Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Occupation(s)||Actress, screenwriter, film director, singer|
Agnès Jaoui (born 19 October 1964) is a French actress, screenwriter, film director and singer.
She frequently works in collaboration with her former partner Jean-Pierre Bacri.
Life and career
Jaoui was born in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, and is of Tunisian Jewish descent. She is the daughter of Hubert Jaoui and Gyza Jaoui, who are not related to the cinema industry but are both writers. They moved to Paris when she was 8 years old. She started theatre when she was in high school at the Lycée Henri-IV in Paris. She entered the Cours Florent when she was 15. Patrice Chéreau, director of the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre where she followed drama classes since 1984, gave her a role in the film Hôtel de France in 1987. That same year, she also played in Harold Pinter's L'anniversaire beside Jean-Pierre Bacri, who will be later a faithful colleague and companion.
Together they wrote the play Cuisine et dépendances which was adapted onscreen in 1992 by Philippe Muyl. In 1993, director Alain Resnais asked them to write an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourn's 8-part play Intimate Exchanges, which became the 2-part film Smoking/No Smoking. Thanks to this ironic diptych about free will and destiny, they won the César Award for Best Writing in 1994. But it is in 1996 that they came to know greater success with Cédric Klapisch's adaptation of their play Family Resemblances (Un air de famille) which showed their ability to observe and depict everyday life, and to criticize the social norms through a bitter and corrosive humor. Once again, they won the César Award for Best Writing in 1997 and this very same year they collaborated again with Alain Resnais for Same Old Song (On connaît la chanson) which they wrote but also interpreted: together, they won their third César Award for Best Writing, and Jaoui won her first César Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jaoui directed her first feature film, The Taste of Others (Le Goût des autres, 2000, written with Jean-Pierre Bacri), which questions social-cultural identities. The film was a huge success in France and attracted 4 million spectators. It also won 4 César Awards in 2001 including Best Film and Best Writing, and also got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2004, her second film as a director, Look at Me (Comme une image), co-written with Bacri, was selected for the Cannes Festival, and won the prize for Best Screenplay. She starred in the last Richard Dembo's film, La maison de Nina (2005) and then focused on music and released her album of Latin songs Canta (2006). She returned to the cinema industry two years later in 2008 with Let's Talk About the Rain (Parlez-moi de la pluie) and offered French humorist Jamel Debbouze a different role from what he was used to.
In 2012, she directed her latest film to-date, Under the Rainbow (Au bout du conte), also co-written with Bacri. She revisits several fairy tales such as Cinderella, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood. It received acclaim —for originality and humor in the writing and dialogue— from critics and audiences.
Jaoui studied music in the conservatoire when she was 17, but did not start her career as a singer until 2006 when her first album Canta was released. It mixed several Latin music genres (such as flamenco, bolero, and bossa) and she sang exclusively in Spanish and Portuguese. In 2007, it won the Victoire de la Musique award for "best traditional music album".
Jaoui's second album, Dans Mon Pays, was released in 2009. It also featured Latin sonorities and songs sang in Spanish and Portuguese— except for two songs in French.
Jaoui is the daughter of Gyza Jaoui; a pioneering figure of transactional analysis, a form of psychotherapy initiated by Eric Berne. Jaoui has a brother, Laurent Jaoui, who is also a screenwriter and a director.
She adopted two children from Brazil in 2012.
|Year||English title||Original title||Role||Notes|
|1987||Hôtel de France||Madame Bouguereau|
|1993||Cuisine et Dépendances||Charlotte|
|1996||Family Resemblances||Un air de famille||Betty Ménard|
|1997||Same Old Song||On connaît la chanson||Camille|
|1998||Le Cousin||Claudine Delvaux|
|1999||On The Run||Kristin|
|2000||Une femme d'extérieur||Françoise|
|2000||The Taste of Others||Le Goût des autres||Mani|
|2003||24 Hours in the Life of a Woman||24 heures dans la vie d'une femme||Marie Collins Brown|
|2004||The Role of Her Life||Le Rôle de sa vie||Elisabeth Baker|
|2004||Nina's House||La Maison de Nina||Nina|
|2004||Look at Me||Comme une image||Sylvia Millet|
|2008||Let's Talk About the Rain||Parlez-moi de la pluie||Agathe Villanova|
|2012||The Dandelions||Du vent dans mes mollets||Colette Gladstein|
|2013||Under the Rainbow||Au bout du conte||Marianne|
|2014||The Easy Way Out||L'Art de la fugue||Ariel|
|2015||The Sweet Escape||Comme un avion||Laëtitia|
|2015||I'm All Yours||Je suis à vous tout de suite||Simone Belkacem|
|1993||Cuisine et Dépendances||Yes|
|1997||Same Old Song||Yes|
|2000||The Taste of Others||Yes||Yes|
|2004||Look at Me||Yes||Yes|
|2008||Let's Talk About the Rain||Yes||Yes|
|2013||Under the Rainbow||Yes||Yes|
|2014||The Easy Way Out||Yes||Script consultant|
|2009||Dans Mon Pays|
Awards and nominations
- Klifa, Thierry (February 2000). "Agnès Jaoui: L'art de vivre". Studio magazine (153): 124–129. ISSN 0982-8354.
- Lorrain, François-Guillaume (11 September 2008). "Jaoui ne se laisse pas faire". Le Point. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- ""Au bout du conte", d'Agnès Jaoui, une comédie piquante très Jaoui-Bacri". Télérama.fr. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- ""Canta" ou la délicatesse d'Agnès Jaoui". Linternaute.com. February 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- ""Dans mon pays", Agnès Jaoui y El Quintet Oficial". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Amalric, Laurent (31 January 2013). "Le conte est bon à Six-Fours pour le duo Bacri-Jaoui". Nice-Matin. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Karelle, Fitoussi (26 August 2012). "Agnès Jaoui, la douceur de vivre". Paris Match. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- "Festival de Cannes: Look at Me". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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