When you speak of French actresses, you’d probably think Audrey Tautou. Or maybe to some extent, Carla Bruni.
I think of Cotillard. Oh the wonderful, exceptional talents of Marion Cotillard. She’s the one who seems to possess the gift of stealing every scene she is in, the one that shines above the rest, the one that is just simply pure, raw, beautiful talent.
Lilly Bertineau in Taxi, 1998
Sophie Kowalsky in Love Me If You Dare, 2003
Josephine Bloom in my favourite movie of all-time, Big Fish, 2003
Alice in Ma vie en l’air, 2005
Isabelle Kruger/Alice in The Black Box, 2005
Fanny Chenal in A Good Year, 2006
Finally, & most deservingly, with her Oscar in 2008 for La Vie en Rose, 2007
Billie Frechette in Public Enemies, 2009
Marie Vallières de Beaumont in The Last Flight, 2009
Luisa Contini in Nine, 2009
The absolutely frightening Mal in Inception, 2010
Marie in Little White Lies, 2010
Adriana in Midnight In Paris, 2011
Dr. Leonora Orantes in Contagion, 2011
& soon, Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises, 2012
Don’t even get me started with that ridiculously sexy, endearing accent of hers.