Isabelle Huppert is one of the world’s most alluring and daring actresses. Not daring because she puts on a fake nose, or plays old with a grey streak in her hair (sadly, I can’t find the final scene of a Beautiful Mind on You Tube), but because she’s always choosing challenging and demanding roles with some of cinema’s most controversial directors.
It’s no surprise that she’s starred in two of Michael Haneke’s films, both with devastating pathos and quiet intensity–she’s is also phenominal in Bertrand Tavernier’s adaptation of Jim Thompson‘s Pop. 1280, Coup De Tourchon. In America, she has only starred in a handful of films, and those choices are just as oddbally as the rest of her career: among them is a role as a lover of Steve Guttenberg‘s (!) and her US debut was in Michael Cimino’s notorious bomb Heaven’s Gate.
She’s a fascinating and stunning woman.