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Hélène Surgère

Highest Rated: 100% Hunting and Gathering (2007)

Lowest Rated: 71% Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Birthday: Oct 20, 1928

Birthplace: Caudéran, France

Héléne Surgére was in her thirties when she abandoned a thriving business career. She was spotted in a photo-story by Paul Vecchiali, who cast her in "The Devil's Tricks" in 1966. In all, they made nine features together, with Surgére becoming his subversive muse in "Femmes Femmes" (in which she co-starred with Sonia Saviange as fading actresses seeking solace in alcohol and memories), "Don't Change Hands" (which saw her playing a politician pursuing her son's blackmailer) and "Corps à coeur," in which her fiftysomething pharmacist falls for younger mechanic Nicolas Silberg. However, Surgére achieved international notoriety as the outwardly respectable bourgeois reading the Marquis de Sade in Pier Paolo Pasolini's scathing denunciation of fascist excess, "Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom." Alternating between stage and screen, she impressed as the repressed housewife in "Fine Manners" and the chubby secretary in the conspiracy thriller "The Marcorelle Affair." She also worked with such notables as André Téchiné on the romantic thriller "Barocco" and the historical biopic "The Brontë Sisters," Jacques Demy on the musical "Three Seats for the 26th," Raoul Ruiz in the Proust adaptation "Time Regained," James Ivory on the culture clash satire "Le Divorce," Patrice Leconte on the psychological comedy "Intimate Strangers" and Claude Berri on the touching tale of crossing fates, "Ensemble, c'est tout." Shortly before her death, she joined the prestigious Comédie Française for Chekhov's "Three Sisters."

Highest rated movies

Hunting and Gathering
Intimate Strangers
Time Regained
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom



100% 75% Hunting and Gathering Yvonne (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 31% Kid Power Bonne Maman (Character) - 2006
86% 69% Intimate Strangers Madame Mulon (Character) $2.1M 2004
No Score Yet 68% My Life on Ice La grand-mère (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Marcorelle Affair Mlle Pingaux (Character) - 2000
71% 71% Time Regained Françoise (Character) $467.2K 1999
No Score Yet 73% A la Place du Coeur La marchande (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 52% Le pari Mme Ramirez (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Loonies at Large Edith Juillet (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Australia Odette Pierson (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 71% Three Tickets for the 26th Librarian (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attention Bandits! Unknown (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Zone La mère de Claire (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zone Red La mère de Claire/Claire's Mother (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'air du crime Elena (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cauchemar Barbra (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 39% The Bronte Sisters Madame Robinson (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drugstore Romance Jeanne-Michele (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fine Manners Hélène Courtray (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 68% Barocco Unknown (Character) - 1976
71% 63% Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom Signora Vaccari (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Change Hands Francoise Bourgeois (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women Women Hélène (Character) - 1974