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Irène Jacob



An actress whose classic beauty and thoughtful, almost melancholic style of acting have established her as a cinematic representative of European sophistication, Irène Jacob is one of the preeminent French actresses of her generation. First becoming known through her association with Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, who cast her as his heroine in both La Double Vie de Véronique and Trois Couleurs: Rouge, Jacob has gone on to work with a number of well-known directors on both sides of the Atlantic.



Born in Paris on July 15, 1966, Jacob moved to Geneva with her family when she was three years old. The daughter of a psychologist mother and physicist father, she made her stage debut in Switzerland at the age of 11. She went on to study drama at the Geneva Conservatoire and the prestigious Rue Blanche (the French national drama academy) in Paris and also trained for a time in London. It was while she was working in the theatre that Jacob was spotted by director Louis Malle, who cast her in his Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) -- her first screen role. In 1991, after making a few more French films, Jacob shot to stardom as the lead of Kieslowksi's La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Véronique). Cast in a dual role as the Polish Veronika and the French Véronique, two women who lead different but indelibly interconnected lives, Jacob drew raves for her performance and won the Cannes Festival's Best Actress Award.



Although she was subsequently flooded with offers to star in a number of American films -- including Indecent Proposal -- Jacob largely focused her talents on small French films, again earning international plaudits in 1994 as the protagonist of Kieslowski's Trois Couleurs: Rouge. Much of her work since then has been for a variety of European directors, including Oliver Parker (for Othello, 1995, which required her, as Desdemona, to read all of her lines in English), Wim Wenders and Michelangelo Antonioni (for Par-Dela Les Nuages, 1995), and Hugh Hudson (for My Life So Far, 1999). Jacob has appeared in the occasional American film, most notably George Hickenlooper's The Big Brass Ring (1999), a political drama that cast her as a journalist on the prowl for campaign scandal.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Eternity (Eternité)
  • Mère de Gabrielle
2016
No Score Yet Arnaud fait son 2e film
  • Actor
2015
9% Dying of the Light
  • Michelle Zuberain
2014
No Score Yet Salaud, on t'aime
  • Printemps Kaminsky
2014
No Score Yet Les Enfants Rouges
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Amore Carne
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Rio Sex Comedy
  • Irène
2010
94% Les beaux gosses (The French Kissers)
  • Aurore's Mother
2009
No Score Yet Nessuna Qualità Agli Eroi (Fallen Heroes)
  • Actor
2008
10% The Inner Life of Martin Frost
  • Claire Martin
2007
No Score Yet The Education of Fairies (La Educacion de las hadas)
  • Actor
2006
24% Autumn
  • Michelle
2006
No Score Yet Nouvelle-France
  • Actor
2005
17% Battle of the Brave
  • Angelique De Roquebrune
2004
No Score Yet The Pornographer: A Love Story
  • Anna
2004
No Score Yet Londinium
  • Fiona Delgrazia
2001
No Score Yet Spy Games
  • Natasha Scriobina
1999
70% My Life So Far
  • Heloise
1999
67% The Big Brass Ring
  • Cela Brandini
1999
33% Incognito
  • Marieke
1998
No Score Yet American Cuisine
  • Gabrielle
1998
27% U.S. Marshals
  • Marie
1997
68% Othello
  • Desdemona
1995
65% Beyond the Clouds
  • The Girl
1995
No Score Yet Victory
  • Alma
1995
No Score Yet To Make a Film is To Be Alive
  • Actor
1995
100% Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Predskazaniye (The Prediction) (The Prophecy)
  • Lyuda
1993
85% The Secret Garden
  • Mary's Mother
1993
No Score Yet Trusting Beatrice
  • Beatrice de Lucio
1993
85% La Double Vie de Véronique (The Double Life of Veronique)
  • Weronika / Véronique
1991
97% Goodbye, Children (Au Revoir Les Enfants)
  • Mlle. Davenne
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
85% The Affair
2014
  • Juliette Le Gall

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