Juliette Binoche sometimes can annoy me (she’s kind of Gerard Depardieu/Geoffrey Rush in her acting style for me), but she’s an absolute doyenne of French period flicks, so we really need to look at her oeuvre!
Wuthering Heights (1992)
As both Cathys in the late 18th century/early 19th century Emily Brontë classic.
The Horseman on the Roof (1995)
I saw this, but so long ago I’ve forgotten except that it was bleak. As I wrote then: “Cholera, missing husbands, lots of running around the countryside.” Looking at the costumes now, they look spot-on for the 1830s.
The English Patient (1996)
Binoche is the nurse who cares for a burned man during World War II; he tells her about a romance he had in earlier years.
Children of the Century (1999)
She plays writer George Sand in this tortured romance. I’m tempted to give this one a whirl, although Sarah has already given it a full review…
Binoche plays a chocolatière in 1959 village France.
The Widow of Saint Pierre (2000)
Set in 1849 on some tiny French-controlled islands off the coast of Canada. As Wikipiedia summarizes, “Loosely inspired by an actual case, it tells the story of a disillusioned army officer whose love for his wife in her efforts to save a convicted murderer leads him to disobey orders.” It’s been forever since I’ve watched this, but apparently I enjoyed both the acting and costumes when I did.
A film within a film, wherein Binoche plays an actress playing Mary Magdalene.
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
French sculptor Camille Claudel is institutionalized later in life (1915).
Endless Night (2015)
As Josephine Peary, real-life Arctic explore who searches for her husband and befriends an Eskimo woman.
Slack Bay (2016)
A comedy about a wealthy industrialist family who, at their summer home, interact with a family across the class divide.
How to Be a Good Wife (2020)
Binoche plays the headmistress at Van der Beck’s School of Housekeeping and Good Manners in Alsace against the background of the 1968 student protests.
How do you feel about Juliette Binoche?