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Charlotte Gainsbourg

Lowest Rated:   0% Dark Crimes (2018)
Birthplace:   London, England
One of the more compelling French actresses of her generation, Charlotte Gainsbourg initially made her screen name parlaying wayward adolescence into an understated art form. Tall, long-necked, and elegantly gawky, Gainsbourg first impressed critics and audiences with her portrayal of the naive but rebellious protagonist of L'Effrontée (1985), earning a César for Most Promising Young Actress.The daughter of French singer/songwriter/occasional actor and director Serge Gainsbourg and English actress Jane Birkin, Gainsbourg was born into substantial celebrity in London on July 22, 1971. Initially keen on being either an artist or a surgeon, she made her film debut playing Catherine Deneuve's daughter in the 1984 Paroles et Musique. That same year, she courted notoriety when she starred alongside her ever-irascible father in his controversial "Lemon Incest" music video, which featured the two cuddling on a bed surrounded by feathers. More salubrious attention came the young actress' way the following year, when she earned a César for her performance in Claude Miller's L'Effrontée.After another stint acting alongside her father in his poorly received Charlotte Forever (1986), Gainsbourg again collaborated with director Miller for La Petite Voleuse (1988), portraying a sullen teenager experimenting with sex and various illegal pursuits. She reprised her rebellious teen role for Merci La Vie (1991), a black comedy that cast her and Anouk Grinberg as two young women on a rampage against men and just about whomever else crosses their path. Gainsbourg got an opportunity to broaden her range with Jacques Doillon's Amoureuse (1992), an ensemble piece about a group of young women who come together to discuss life and love, and her uncle Andrew Birkin's The Cement Garden (1994), a drama about extreme familial dysfunction that was the actress' first English language outing.Gainsbourg made her second English film in 1996, starring as the eponymous heroine of Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Although the film, which also starred William Hurt, received very mixed reviews, it did succeed in introducing Gainsbourg to a wider international audience. She further enhanced her good reputation when she won her second César -- this time for Best Supporting Actress -- in 2000 for her work in La Bûche (1999), a comedy that cast her as an ambitious businesswoman who takes up with a mysterious man lodging at her father's house.Gainsbourg remained busy throughout the mid-2000s and enjoyed success as a supporting actress in several highly acclaimed films (21 Grams, The Science of Sleep, Happily Ever After, and Lemming, to name a few). In 2006 she acted and directed the historical drama Golden Door, and co-starred in the award-winning drama The City of Your Final Destination in 2008. The actress portrayed a stay-at-home mother in The Tree (2010), a poignant psychological drama from director Julie Bertucelli, and took on yet another supporting role in 2011's Melancholia.


Highest Rated Movies



62% I Think We're Alone Now
  • Violet
0% Dark Crimes
  • Kasia
51% Ismael's Ghosts (Les fantômes d'Ismaël)
  • Sylvia
8% The Snowman
  • Rakel
$6.7M 2017
89% Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer)
  • Alex Green
$3.9M 2017
60% Les Fantômes d'Ismaël
  • Sylvia
No Score Yet Promise at Dawn (La promesse de l'aube)
  • Mina
30% Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Dr. Catherine Marceaux
$103.2M 2016
80% Incompresa (Misunderstood)
  • Madre
61% Samba
  • Alice
79% 3 Hearts (3 coeurs)
  • Sophie
$0.2M 2015
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II
  • Joe
$0.3M 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I
  • Joe
$0.7M 2014
No Score Yet Jacky In Women's Kingdom
  • Actor
No Score Yet Son épouse
  • Actor
No Score Yet 'Merci la vie'
  • Actor
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb
  • Lilly
0% Confession of a Child of the Century
  • Brigitte
79% Melancholia
  • Claire
$3M 2011
71% The Tree
  • Dawn O'Neil
$69.7k 2011
38% The City of Your Final Destination
  • Arden Langdon
$0.5M 2010
52% Antichrist
  • She
$0.3M 2009
No Score Yet Persécution
  • Sonia
77% I'm Not There
  • Claire
$4M 2007
72% Golden Door (Nuovomondo)
  • Screenwriter
  • Lucy Reed
  • Director
$1M 2007
70% The Science of Sleep
  • Stephanie
$4.6M 2006
71% Lemming
  • Bénédicte Getty
53% I Do (Prête-moi ta main)
  • EmmanuelleEmma
57% Happily Ever After
  • Gabrielle
$0.2M 2005
80% 21 Grams
  • Mary Rivers
$16.2M 2003
66% My Wife Is an Actress
  • Charlotte
$0.8M 2002
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Actor
No Score Yet Nuremberg
  • Marie
No Score Yet Love, Etc.
  • Marie
No Score Yet Love, Etc.
  • Actor
70% La bûche
  • Milla
57% The Intruder
  • Catherine Girard
74% Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Jane Eyre
50% Dead Tired (Grosse Fatigue)
  • Herself
90% The Cement Garden
  • Julie
No Score Yet Il Sole Anche di Notte (Night Sun) (The Sun Also Shines at Night)
  • Matilda
100% Le Petit Amour (Kung-Fu Master)
  • Lucy
67% La Petite Voleuse (The Little Thief)
  • Janine Castang
No Score Yet Jane B. par Agnès V. (Jane B. for Agnes V.)
  • Actor
No Score Yet Charlotte for Ever
  • Charlotte
No Score Yet Love Songs
  • Charlotte
No Score Yet An Impudent Girl (L'Effrontée)
  • Charlotte

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