TrustMovies introduced his 30-something daughter to French actor Romain Duris. On film, that is: She hadn't previously encountered his work. Of course, she was smitten, as have been so many moviegoers around the world. How can you resist this handsome, scruffy, usually unkempt young man with those big, dark eyes that seem to deepen as you look into them, who can handle comedy as adeptly as drama -- and who is even unafraid to show full-frontal, whenever disrobing is called for.
La Vie en Rose director Olivier Dahan who gave Duris his start back in 1994 in a film called Frères: La roulette rouge (unreleased here in the US) and again in 1998 in the more successful Déjà mort (also unseen here). But it was Cédric Klapisch, more than any other director, who brought the actor to international attention. Kapisch used him first in 1994 in Le péril jeune (aka: Good Old Daze), then in When the Cat's Away (1996), in Peut-être (from 1999, unreleased in the U.S) and then gave Duris his international breakout role in L'auberge espagnole and its follow-up Russian Dolls, and finally as the centerpiece of his 2008 Paris.
Christophe Honoré (In Paris), Jacques Audiard (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, a photo from which is shown above), Tony Gatlif (The Crazy Stranger, Exiles and the little-seen Je suis né d'une cigogne), Benoît Jacquot (Adolphe), Laurent Tirard (Molière) and even James Ivory (in the greatly under-appreciated Le Divorce). In fact, the only time I've seen Duris used poorly was in the Patrice Chéreau misfire Persécution -- and even then the actor manages to make some sense in an otherwise befuddling movie.
here. Further, should you want to catch a glimpse of (or maybe even say hi to) Duris and/or Heartbreaker's director Pascal Chaumeil, both will be appearing in person at BAMcinématek for a Q&A moderated by film critic Charles Taylor at tomorrow's (Wed., 8/25) 6:50pm screening of Heartbreaker. Duris will then stick around until the 9:30 showing of The Beat That My Heart Skipped, at which time he'll introduce that film, as well. Click here to learn how to reach BAM by bus, subway, car, phone, email....