Benoît Jacquot

Benoît Jacquot

Highest Rated: 100% The Disenchanted (1990)

Lowest Rated: 14% Eva (2018)

Birthday: Feb 5, 1947

Birthplace: Paris, France

Despite being a somewhat elliptical figure who has remained a relative unknown outside of his native France, film director Benoît Jacquot has still managed to garner a devoted following. Jacquot's visually stylized films often explore the innermost impulses of his fellow man (and woman), and his gift for storytelling came close to earning the filmmaker a global audience with the release of his intimate 1996 drama A Single Girl. A Paris native, Jacquot first found work in the film industry at 18 as an assistant director to such noted filmmakers as Marguerite Duras and Jacques Rivette. His work with the seasoned veterans provided the up-and-coming director with invaluable experience. An extended collaboration with the Institut National d'Audiovisual that began in 1970 found Jacquot helming documentaries on J.D. Salinger and mentor Duras, among other notable figures in film and literature, and in 1975, he made his feature debut with L'Assassin Musicien. Jacquot frequently alternated between film and television work in the following years, and the release of such features as the absorbing 1990 adolescent drama The Disenchanted found Jacquot's skills as a dramatist developing strongly. On the small screen, the director made a name for himself by adapting novels by such literary giants as Henry James and Franz Kafka. By the time 1996 rolled around, few could doubt Jacquot's skills as a filmmaker, but his voice had yet to make an impact outside of France. All of that would change with the release of his seventh film, A Single Girl (1996). A voyeuristic, real-time drama concerning a recently pregnant girl faced with a dead-end job and an aloof boyfriend, the film proved a powerhouse showcase for young star Virginie Ledoyen and offered Jacquot his breakthrough feature. With the subsequent releases of The School of Flesh (1998) and Keep It Quiet (1999, both starring French screen legend Isabelle Huppert) in the following years, Jacquot drew praise from audiences at the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. He once again teamed with Huppert in 2000 for the drama La Fausse Suivante. That same year, his take on the life of the Marquis de Sade, Sade, was unfairly overshadowed by the art-house hit Quills (which featured a scene-stealing performance by Australian actor Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis). Jacquot masterfully adapted the opera Tosca for the screen in 2001, and directed seldom-seen screen beauty Isabelle Adjani in 2002's Adolphe. The following year, he took on the story of the friendship between Sigmund Freud and a female French psycho-analyst, played by Catherine Deneuve, in the television production Marie Bonaparte.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Casanova, Last Love (Dernier amour) Director Screenwriter 2020
14% Eva Screenwriter 2018
65% Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d'une femme de chambre) Screenwriter Director 2016
No Score Yet À jamais Director 2016
40% Never Ever (À jamais) Director 2016
79% 3 Hearts (3 coeurs) Screenwriter Director $0.2M 2015
79% Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Le père de Xavier 2014
93% Farewell, My Queen Director Screenwriter $0.7M 2012
56% Looking for Hortense (Cherchez Hortense) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Les mendiants (The Beggars) Screenwriter Director 2011
No Score Yet La fille seule (A Single Girl) Director 2011
No Score Yet Lubitsch, le patron Actor 2010
No Score Yet Au fond des bois (Deep in the Woods) Director 2010
75% Villa Amalia Screenwriter Director 2009
No Score Yet The Untouchable (L' Intouchable) Director Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet Untouchable Director 2006
70% À tout de suite (Right Now) Director 2005
65% Tosca Director 2002
No Score Yet Adolphe Screenwriter Director 2002
75% A Single Girl Director Screenwriter 2000
67% Sade Director 2000
No Score Yet False Servant (La Fausse Suivante) Director 2000
No Score Yet Pas de scandale (Keep It Quiet)(No Scandal) Director 1999
57% Seventh Heaven Director 1998
68% The School of Flesh Director 1998
No Score Yet La Vie de Marianne Director 1997
100% The Disenchanted Screenwriter Director 1990
No Score Yet Corps Et Biens Screenwriter Director 1986
No Score Yet Closet Children (Les Enfants du placard) Screenwriter Director 1977
No Score Yet L'Assassin Musicien Director Screenwriter 1976
No Score Yet Alfred Deller: Portrait of a Voice Director 1976
No Score Yet The Beast of the Jungle (La Bete dans la jungle) Director


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