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Melvil Poupaud

Highest Rated:   98% A Summer's Tale (2014)
Lowest Rated:   20% The Lover (L'amant) (1992)
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Observant American moviegoers may recognize the très beau French actor Melvil Poupaud from his role in James Ivory's 2003 romantic comedy Le Divorce -- in which he played the arrogant two-timer Charles-Henri de Persand, who divorced a gorgeous, pregnant American wife (Naomi Watts) whom any man would be a fool to leave. Actually, Poupaud had already sustained a decades-long career in the French film industry before joining the cast of that movie. Christened after Herman Melville by his screenwriter mother, Poupaud launched off into acting in primary school, with a role in La Ville des Pirates (1983), directed by the esteemed Raul Ruiz -- not a bad start for a ten-year-old. Sporting dual passions -- one for music, another for movies -- Poupaud cut his chops as a musician on the drums, then formed the Euro rock band Mud with his brother Yarol Poupaud, while continuing to land movie roles on the side. Poupaud worked under the aegis of A-list French directors such as Jacques Doillon and Eric Rohmer -- typically pure romances or romantic comedies, often typecast as a snotty, slightly conceited jerk. Early parts included the younger brother in Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover (1991), the lead role of Gaspard in Rohmer's A Summer's Tale (1996), and several more collaborations with Ruiz, such as that director's 1994 Fado, Major and Minor. Le Divorce represented Poupaud's first international role -- an attempt to rise above his largely continental appeal and renown. Poupaud subsequently received top billing in François Ozon's 2005 Time to Leave, as a high-profile, gay fashion photographer struggling with inoperable brain cancer. Among other things, the film demonstrated that Poupaud could hold his own alongside Jeanne Moreau. The actor followed this up with a respectable contribution as the romantic lead in Zoe Cassavetes' drama Broken English (2007), opposite American indie darling Parker Posey. The next year, he had a small role as Johnny "Goodboy" Jones in the Wachowski Brothers' elaborate, CGI-infused live-action production of Speed Racer.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Great Game (Le grand jeu)
  • Actor
2017
34% By The Sea
  • François
$0.4M 2015
80% Fidelio, Alice's Journey
  • Gaël
$3.5k 2015
98% A Summer's Tale
  • Gaspard
$0.2M 2014
83% Laurence Anyways
  • Laurence Alia
2013
No Score Yet Lines of Wellington
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Fado majeur et mineur
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Mysteries Of Lisbon: Part 2
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Mysteries Of Lisbon: Part 1
  • Actor
2011
84% Mysteries of Lisbon
  • Ernesto Lacroze
$0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Ballet Aquatique
  • Actor
2011
86% Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge))
  • Louis
$24.1k 2010
No Score Yet La lisière
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Black Heaven (L'Autre Monde)
  • Vincent
2010
41% 44 Inch Chest
  • Loverboy
2010
No Score Yet Lucky Luke
  • Jesse James
2009
87% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale)
  • Ivan
2008
No Score Yet Le Crime est Notre Affaire
  • Frédéric Charpentier
2008
No Score Yet L'Heure zéro, (Towards Zero)
  • Guillaume
2008
40% Speed Racer
  • Johnny "Goodboy" Jones
$44M 2008
49% The Broken
  • Stephan Moreau
2008
No Score Yet Heure Zero
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Un Homme Perdu (A Lost Man)
  • Thomas
2007
64% Broken English
  • Julian
$0.9M 2007
76% Time to Leave
  • Romain
2006
No Score Yet Eros Therapy (Je Suis Votre Homme)
  • Actor
2004
37% Le Divorce
  • Charles-Henri de Persand
$9M 2003
No Score Yet Les Sentiments
  • Francois
2003
No Score Yet The Dark Room (La Chambre obscure)
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Combat d'amour en songe (Love Torn in Dream)
  • Paul
2000
68% Time Regained
  • Prince de Foix
1999
80% Genealogies of a Crime (Généalogies d'un crime)
  • Rene
1998
43% Diary of a Seducer (Le journal du séducteur)
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet La Vie de Marianne
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Le Ciel Est a Nous (Shooting Stars)
  • Lenny
1997
56% Three Lives and Only One Death
  • Martin
1996
No Score Yet Souvenir
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Elisa
  • Pharmacist's Son
1995
No Score Yet Innocent Lies
  • Louis Bernard
1995
No Score Yet Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel (There's Nothing Special About Normal People)
  • German
1994
20% The Lover (L'amant)
  • Younger Brother
1992
No Score Yet The 15 Year Old Girl (La Fille de quinze ans)
  • Thomas
1989
No Score Yet L'éveillé du pont de l'Alma (The Insomniac on the Bridge)
  • Michel
1985
No Score Yet L'Ile Au Trésor
  • Jonathan
1985
No Score Yet La ville des pirates (City of Pirates)
  • Malo
1984

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