Karin Viard: “I like to stick to the screenplay, because the reality of the scene is always very crucial to me”

“Jalouse” starring French leading lady and two-time César-winner Karin Viard (b. 1966) launched the 18th edition of the Arras Film Festival in France, region Nord-Pas-de-Calais, only a few days ago. Playing a recently divorced teacher who becomes jealous of her daughter, friends – just about anybody, really – Ms. Viard paid a short visit to Arras to promote the release of the film.

She was accompanied by the film’s screenwriting and directing duo, the highly accomplished team of brothers David and Stéphane Foenkinos, who previously did a superb job when directing Audrey Tautou as a grieving widow in their first feature “La délicatesse” (2011, a.k.a. “Delicacy”). I became an admirer of theirs right away, and now, taking their second screen effort “Jealouse” into consideration, they’re undoubtedly and definitely here to stay.

The Q&A in Arras with all three talented French screen personalities was at times a conversation with a dozen reporters witnessing how they exchanged ideas about their work on the set, and about the making of the film. Yet it also focused quite a bit on Ms. Viard: with her long record of screen credits so far, she has been an established, versatile and much sought-after actress in French cinema for many years now, and that’s pretty much why I pick out a selection of her contribution during the Q&A – without being disrespectful to the talented Foenkinos brothers though. Hopefully in the very near future, we’ll be able to sit down and talk about their inventive approach to the art and the craft of filmmaking.

Meanwhile, the calendar has turned a page and November has begun. So has the awards season, for that matter. A few months from now, we will all know the nominations for the major film awards when the best of 2017 will be announced. Considering Ms. Viard’s tour-de-force performance in “Jalouse,” it’s not unlikely that she might gather another – her eleventh – César nomination and possibly a third César win. Just for the record, only four French actors ever were nominated more than ten times for a César, France’s national film award: Gérard Depardieu (17), Isabelle Huppert (16), Catherine Deneuve (14) and Daniel Auteuil (12), each of them winning twice.

And why does Ms. Viard deserve to be a contender for a Best Actress César? Because – let’s be honest – she does a terrific job portraying a 50-year-old woman by the name of Nathalie, a caring mother who turns into a jealous and envious woman at everyone who crosses her path. She needs professional help, and she needs it fast, as she alienates from her own environment. A character of complexity, much of the kudos also go to the Foenkinos brothers who created more than a simplified one-dimensional sterotype in a film which at times can be labelled as a psychological suspenser.

Screenwriters and directors Stéphane and David Foenkinos with Karin Viard on the set of “Jalouse.” Photograph: Mandarin Production / StudioCanal / Fr2 cinéma / Séverine Brigeot

Ms. Viard, how would you define the character of Nathalie? Is she someone you’d recognize?

People always ask me if there’s some of me in each new role I play. And sometimes the answer is yes, because I am very energetic, but if you ask me if this role in particular bears any resemblance to me, then I have to say no. I did have to analyze the character of Nathalie of course, because I had to play her, but that’s something entirely different. It was a challenging role, and I like to play this kind of roles. On top of that, it was very well written: everything you see on the screen, was written in the script, we didn’t improvise anything. Sometimes you play a character where in the script tiny bits and pieces are missing which you have to fill in yourself, but not with this screenplay. Nathalie’s lack of understanding, her failures, her own personal problems, how people treat her and the way she treats others, make her a fascinating character to play, but I couldn’t be friends with her at all.

You have played a wide range of characters up until now, haven’t you?

Yes, and that’s so rewarding about acting, you get to play bourgeois or working class people, in different genres… That’s also what I like as a spectator when I go out to see a movie. You deal with all kinds of subjects, very often in a different kind of cinema: there is this wonderful kind of magic in literature, and you also find it in movies. What I like about the character of Nathalie – there’s this intelligent woman, she has a good job, and she reaches a point when things go wrong. Then you need more than just your own intelligence to fall back on: your feelings, your emotions, your empathy are also very important and crucial components to keep in shape, mentally. You need to be able to get in touch and stay in touch with the outside world. So there’s much more involved than only your intelligence when you’re coping with a personal crisis. And from that point of view, it’s an interesting topic to discuss.

Karin Viard during the conversation at the Arras Film Festival. Photograph: Leo Verswijver

How do you prepare for a scene?

I like to work fast and stick to the screenplay, because the reality of the scene is always very crucial to me. Whether it is humor, or drama, or any emotion, I like to respect the scene according to its perspective and point of view. And as far as the quality of good humor is concerned in certain scenes, sometimes it’s just there, you don’t even have to look for it to be truthful in the work you do. I do realize that I am very energetic, so I have to control myself and be very disciplined. Once I have finished a film, I can start another one in less than two weeks. This seems to be my natural rhythm, probably because I really love acting so much. I really adore it. And what’s interesting to me: if you pick out ten actors to play the same character, you’ll get ten different performances. And what makes their performances different one from the other? They’ll each give it a touch of their own, an identity of their own. In my case, I feel I can only play a character that I can understand. I would never to be able to play a role in a science fiction film where I will be transformed into some kind of a robot, simply because that’s way out of line for me. When I played the racist baker in “Paris” [2008, dir. Cédric Klapisch] for example, I had to realize what it was all about, what that character was really like. It was a very complicated matter, so you really have to think about the way you’ll be doing your scenes.

Arras Film Festival, Arras (France)
November 3, 2017

The theatrical trailer of “Jalouse,” without subtitles

FILMS

TATIE DANIELLE (1990) DIR Étienne Chatiliez PROD Charles Gassot SCR Florence Quentin (adaptation by Étienne Chatiliez, Florence Quentin) CAM Philippe Welt ED Catherine Renault MUS Gabriel Yared, Gérard Kawczynski CAST Tsilla Chelton, Catherine Jacob, Isabelle Nanty, Neige Dolsky, Eric Prat, Laurence Février, Karin Viard (Agathe)

DELICATESSEN (1991) DIR Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro PROD Claudie Ossard SCR Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien CAM Darius Khondji ED Hervé Schneid MUS Carlos D’Alessio CAST Pascal Benezech, Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard (Mademoiselle Plusse), Ticky Holgado, Anne-Marie Pisani

MAX & JEREMIE (1992) DIR Claire Devers PROD Alain Sarde SCR Claire Devers, Bernard Stora (novel by Teri White) CAM Bruno de Keyzer ED Marie-Castro Vasquez MUS Philippe Sarde CAST Philippe Noiret, Christopher Lambert, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Christophe Odent, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Karin Viard (The Girl), Michèle Laroque

RIENS DU TOUT, a.k.a. LITTLE NOTHINGS (1992) DIR Cédric Klapisch PROD Andeline Lecallier SCR Cédric Klapisch (adaptation by Cédric Klapisch, Jackie Berroyer) CAM Dominique Colin ED Francine Sandberg MUS Jeff Cohen CAST Fabrice Luchini, Daniel Berlioux, Marc Berman, Olivier Broche, Antoine Chappey, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Olivier Rabourdin, Karin Viard (Isabelle), Cédric Klapisch

CE QUE FEMME VEUT…, a.k.a. WHAT A WOMAN WANTS (1993) DIR Gérard Jumel PROD Jean Gontier, Jean-Michel Rey SCR Gérard Jumel, Sylvie Randonneix CAM Hélène Louvart ED Marion Monestier MUS Philippe Eidel CAST Catherine Chaniolleu, Karin Viard (Cécile), Gérard Jumel, François Siener, Alain Beigel

LA NAGE INDIENNE, a.k.a SIDESTROKE and HEADS ABOVE WATER (1993) DIR Xavier Durringer SCR Xavier Durringer (also novel) CAM Laurent Machuel ED Delphine Desfons MUS Arno CAST Karin Viard (Clara), Gérard Laroche, Antoine Chappey, Eric Savin, Shérif Scouri, Aude Amiot, Florence Joubert

EMMÈNE-MOI, a.k.a. TAKE ME AWAY (1994) DIR Michel Spinosa PROD Serge Duveau SCR Michel Spinosa, Gilles Bourdos CAM Antoine Roch ED Stéphanie Mahet MUS Peter Hammill CAST Karin Viard (Sophie), Antoine Basler, Inês de Medeiros, Didier Bénureau, Eric Savin, Bruno Putzulu, Jean-Pierre Moulin

LA SÉPARATION, a.k.a. THE SEPARATION (1994) DIR Christian Vincent PROD Claude Berri SCR Dan Franck, Christian Vincent (novel by Dan Franck) CAM Denis Lenior, Anne Nicolet, Virginie Saint-Martin ED Laurence Vanier, François Ceppi, Véronique Ilié CAST Isabelle Huppert, Daniel Autheuil, Jérôme Deschamps, Karin Viard (Claire), Laurence Lerel, Louis Vincent, Nina Morato

LE FILS PRÉFÉRÉ, a.k.a. THE FAVORITE SON (1994) DIR Nicole Garcia PROD Alain Sarde, Philippe Carcassonne SCR Nicole Garcia, François Dupeyron, Jacques Fieschi (story by Nicole Garcia) CAM Eric Gautier ED Yann Dedet, Agnès Guillemot MUS Philippe Sarde CAST Gérard Lanvin, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Marc Barr, Roberto Herlitzka, Margherita Buy, Pierre Mondy, Karin Viard (Martine), Antoinette Moya

LA HAINE (1995) DIR – SCR Mathieu Kassovitz PROD Christophe Rossignon CAM Pierre Aïm ED Mathieu Kassovitch, Scott Stevenson MUS Assassin CAST Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili, Solo, Karin Viard (Gallery Girl), Vincent Lindon, Mathieu Kassovitz

FAST (1995) DIR Dante Desarthe PROD Philippe Martin SCR Dante Desarthe, Jackie Berroyer CAM Ariane Damain ED Martine Mory MUS Krishna Levy CAST Frédéric Gélard, Jean-François Stévenin, Karin Viard (The Girl With the Yallow Hair), Nathalie Schmidt, Georges Claisse, Paul Crauchet

ADULTÈRE, MODE D’EMPLOI, a.k.a. ADULTERY: A USER’S GUIDE (1995) DIR Christine Pascal PROD Robert Boner SCR Christine Pascal, Robert Boner CAM Renato Berta ED Jacques Comets MUS Bruno Coulais CAST Richard Berry, Karin Viard (Fabienne Corteggiani), Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Halimi, Liliane Rovère

LE JOURNAL DU SÉDUCTEUR, a.k.a. DIARY OF A SEDUCER (1996) DIR Danièle Dubroux PROD Paulo Branco SCR Danièle Dubroux (essay by Søren Kierkegaard) CAM Laurent Machuel ED Jean-François Naudon MUS Jean-Marie Sénia CAST Chaira Mastroianni, Melvil Poupaud, Hubert Saint-Macary, Serge Merlin, Danièle Dubroux, Micheline Presle, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Karin Viard (Charlotte)

LES VICTIMES, a.k.a. THE VICTIMS (1996) DIR Patrick Grandperret PROD Alain Poiré SCR (adaptation by Patrick Grandperret, Arlette Langmann; novel by Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac) CAM Pierre David ED Dominique Galliéni MUS Bilondiey [Jean-Paul Long, René-Marc Bini, Pape Dieye] CAST Vincent Lindon, Jacques Dutronc, Florence Thomassin, Karin Viard (Claire Jaillac), Gérard Darmon, Cathy Capvert

FOURBI (1996) DIR – PROD Alain Tanner SCR Alain Tanner, Bernard Comment CAM Denis Jutzeler ED Monica Goux MUS Michel Wintsch CAST Karin Viard (Rosemonde), Jean-Quentin Châtelain, Cécile Tanner, Antoine Basler, Robert Bouvier, Maurice Aufair

LES RANDONNEURS, a.k.a. HIKERS (1997) DIR Philippe Harel PROD Adeline Lecallier SCR Philippe Harel, Eric Assous, Nelly Ryher, Dodine Herry CAM Gilles Henry ED Bénédicte Teiger MUS Philippe Eidel CAST Karin Viard (Coralie), Géraldine Pailhas, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Elbaz, Philippe Harel, Marine Delterme, Louise Germaine

JE NE VOIS PAS CE QU’ON ME TROUVE, a.k.a. WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT ME? (1997) DIR Christian Vincent PROD Bertrand Faivre SCR Jackie Berroyer, Olivier Dazat CAM Hélène Louvart ED Francine Sandberg CAST Jackie Berroyer, Tara Römer, Karin Viard (Monica), Zinedine Soualem, Simon Ferrante, Estelle Larrivaz

LA NOUVELLE ÈVE, a.k.a. THE NEW EVE (1999) DIR Catherine Corsini PROD Paulo Branco SCR Catherine Corsini, Marc Syrigas CAM Agnès Godard ED Sabine Mamou CAST Karin Viard (Camille), Pierre-Loup Rajot, Catherine Frot, Sergi López, Mireille Roussel, Nozha Khouadra, Laurent Lucas, Valentine Vidal

MES AMIS (1999) DIR – SCR Michel Hazanavicius PROD Olivier Granier, Dominique Farrugia CAM Laurent Machuel ED Xavier Loutreuil MUS Ludovic Bource, Kamel Ech-Cheik CAST Yvan Attal, Serge Hazanavicius, Karin Viard (Lola), Mathieu Demy, Lionel Abelanski, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert

LES ENFANTS DU SIÈCLE, a.k.a. THE CHILDREN OF THE CENTURY (1999) DIR Diane Kurys PROD Diane Kurys, Alain Sarde SCR Diane Kurys, Murray Head, François-Olivier Rousseau CAM Vilko Filac ED Joële Van Effenterre MUS Luis Bacalov CAST Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Stefano Dionisi, Robin Renucci, Karin Viard (Marie Dorval), Isabelle Carré, Patrick Chesnais

HAUT LES COEURS! (1999) DIR Sólveig Anspach PROD Patrick Sobelman SCR Sólveig Anspach, Pierre-Erwan Guillaume CAM Mathilde Jaffre, Isabelle Razavet, Lorenzo Weiss ED Anne Riegel, Mathieu Blanc MUS Olivier Manoury, Martin Wheeler CAST Karin Viard (Emma), Laurent Lucas, Julien Cottereau, Claire Wauthion, Philippe Duclos, Charlotte Clamens, Patrick Sobelman

LA PARENTHÈSE ENCHANTÉE, a.k.a. ENCHANTED INTERLUDE (2000) DIR – SCR Michel Spinosa PROD Georges Benayoun CAM Antoine Roch ED Valérie Deseine CAST Clotilde Courau, Vincent Elbaz, Géralsine Pailhas, Karin Viard (Eve), Roschdy Zem, Éric Caravaca, Brigitte Catillon, Michel Spinosa

UN JEU D’ENFANTS, a.k.a. CHILD’S GAME (2001) DIR Laurent Tuel PROD Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier SCR Laurent Tuel, Constance Verluca CAM Denis Rouden ED Andrea Sedlácková MUS Krishna Levy CAST Karin Viard (Marianne Fauvel), Charles Berling, Ludivine Sagnier, Camille Vatel, Alexandre Bongibault, Aurélien Recoing, Manuela Gourary

L’EMPLOI DU TEMPS, a.k.a. TIME OUT (2001) DIR Laurent Cantet PROD Caroline Benjo SCR Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo CAM Pierre Milon ED Robin Campillo, Stephanie Leger MUS Jocelyn Pook CAST Aurélien Recoing, Karin Viard (Muriel), Serge Livrozet, Jean-Pierre Mangeot, Monique Mangeot, Nicolas Klasch, Marie Cantet

REINES D’UN JOUR, a.k.a. A HELL OF A DAY (2001) DIR Marion Vernoux PROD Alain Rozanès, Pascal Verroust SCR Marion Vernoux, Nathalie Kristy CAM Dominique Colin ED Lise Beaulieu MUS Alexandre Desplat CAST Karin Viard (Hortense Lassalle), Hélène Fillières, Victor Lanoux, Jane Birkin, Sergi López, Clémentine Céralié, Gilbert Melki, Melvil Poupaud

EMBRASSEZ QUI VOUS VOUDREZ, a.k.a. SUMMER THINGS (2002) DIR Michel Blanc PROD Yves Marmion SCR Michel Blanc (book by Joseph Connolly) CAM Sean Bobbitt ED Maryline Monthieux MUS Mark Russell CAST Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Dutronc, Carole Bouquet, Karin Viard (Véronique), Vincent Elbaz, Clotilde Courau, Denis Podalydès, Lou Doillon, Mélanie Laurent

FRANCE BOUTIQUE (2003) DIR Tonie Marshall PROD Olivier Bomsel, Fabienne Vonier, Alain Peyrollaz, Gilles Sandoz SCR Tonie Marshall, Pierre-Erwan Guillaume (original idea by Tonie Marshall) CAM Jean-François Robin ED Jacques Comets MUS Pierre Aviat CAST Karin Viard (France Mestral), François Cluzet, Judith Godrèche, Bernard Menez, Micheline Presle, Nathalie Baye, Mickaël Chirinian, Hélène Fillières

JE SUIS UN ASSASSIN, a.k.a. THE HOOK (2004) DIR Thomas Vincent PROD Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier SCR Thomas Vincent, Maxime Sassier (novel by Donald E. Westlake) CAM Dominique Bouilleret ED Pauline Dairou MUS Krishna Levy CAST François Cluzet, Karin Viard (Suzy Castelano), Bernard Giraudeau, Anne Brochet, Jacques Spiesser, Dominique Constanza, Antoine Chappey

LE RÔLE DE SA VIE, a.k.a. THE ROLE OF HER LIFE (2004) DIR François Favrat PROD François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne SCR François Favrat, Julie Lopez-Curval, Jérôme Beaujour, Roger Bohbot CAM Pascal Marti ED Luc Barnier, Vincent Lévy MUS Philippe Rombi CAST Agnès Jaoui, Karin Viard (Claire Rocher), Jonathan Zaccaï, Marcial Di Fonzo Bo, Claude Crétient, Annie Mercier

L’EX-FEMME DE MA VIE, a.k.a. THE EX-WIFE OF MY LIFE (2004) DIR Josiane Balasko PROD Josiane Balasko, Louis Becker SCR Josiane Balasko (also play) CAM Pascal Gennesseaux ED Claudine Merlin MUS Mark Russell CAST Thierry Lhermitte, Karin Viard (Nina), Josiane Balasko, Nadia Farès, Nicolas Silberg, Didier Flamand, Micheline Dax

LE COUPERET, a.k.a. THE AX (2005) DIR Costa-Gavras PROD Michèle Ray-Gavras SCR Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg (novel by Donald E. Westlake) CAM Patrick Blossier ED Yannick Kergoat MUS Armand Amar CAST José Garcia, Karin Viard (Marlène Davert), Geordy Monfils, Christa Théret, Ulrich Tukur, Olivier Gourmet, Yvon Back, Thierry Hancisse, Yolande Moreau, John Landis, Julie Gavras, Nabil Ben Yadir, Romain Gavras

LES ENFANTS, a.k.a. THE CHILDREN (2005) DIR Christian Vincent PROD Claude Berri SCR Christian Vincent, Dan Franck CAM Hélène Louvart ED Guy Lecorne MUS Thomas Dutronc CAST Karin Viard (Jeanne Lancry), Gérard Lanvin, Brieuc Quiniou, Nicolas Jouxtel, Phareelle Onoyan, Martin Combes

L’ENFER, a.k.a. HELL (2005) DIR Danis Tanovic PROD Marc Baschet, Rosanna Seregni, Marion Hänsel, Yûji Sadai, Cédomir Kolar SCR Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz CAM Laurent Dailland ED Francesca Calvelli MUS Danis Tanovic, Dusko Segvic CAST Emmanuelle Béart, Karin Viard (Céline), Marie Gillian, Guillaume Canet, Jacques Gamblin, Jacques Perrin, Carole Bouquet, Jean Rochefort, Maryam d’Abo

LES AMBITIEUX, a.k.a. AMBITIOUS (2006) DIR Catherine Corsini SCR Catherine Corsini, Benoît Graffin, Cédric Kahn CAM Hélène Louvart, Guillaume Schiffman ED Simon Jacquet MUS Grégoire Hetzel CAST Karin Viard (Judith Zahn), Éric Caravaca, Jacques Weber, Gilles Cohen, Hélène Babu, Jacqueline Danno, Claire Maurier, Chantal Neuwirth

LA TÊTE DE MAMAN, a.k.a. IN MOM’S HEAD (2007) DIR Carine Tardieu PROD Christophe Rossignon SCR Carine Tardieu, Michel Leclerc CAM Aurélien Devaux ED Dorian Rigal-Ansous MUS Éric Neveux CAST Karin Viard (Juliette ‘Juju’ Gotchac), Chloé Coulloud, Kad Merad, Pascal Elbé, Jane Birkin, Sarah Cohen-Hadria, Arthur Ligerot

LA VÉRITÉ OU PRESQUE, a.k.a. TRUE ENOUGH (2007) DIR Sam Karmann PROD Christian Bérard, Jean-Philippe Andraca SCR Sam Karmann, Jérôme Beaujour (novel by Stephen McCauley) CAM Matthieu Poirot-Delpech ED Philippe Bourgueil MUS Pierre Adenot CAST Karin Viard (Anne), André Dussollier, François Cluzet, Sam Karmann, Brigitte Catillon, Julie Delarme, Liliane Rovère

LA FACE CACHÉE (2007) DIR – SCR Bernard Campan PROD Jaco Van Dormael, Philippe Godeau CAM Matthieu Poirot-Delpech ED Philippe Bourgueil MUS Laurent Bertaud CAST Bernard Campan, Karin Viard (Isabelle), Jean-Hugues Anglade, Olivier Rabourdin, Tania Garbarski, France Bastoen

PARIS (2008) DIR – SCR Cédric Klapisch PROD Bruno Levy ASSOC PROD Cédric Klapisch CAM Christophe Beaucarne ED Francine Sandberg MUS Loïc Dury, Christophe Minck, Robert Burke CAST Juliette Binoche, Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel, François Cluzot, Karin Viard (The Baker), Mélanie Laurent, Gilles Lellouche, Zinedine Soualem, Julie Ferrier, Cédric Klapisch

LES RANDONNEURS À SAINT-TROPEZ (2008) DIR Philippe Harel PROD Adeline Lecallier SCR Philippe Harel, Eric Assous, Sylvie Bourgeois CAM Laurent Machuel ED Julie Clemenin MUS Labo Orchestra [David Hadjadj, Jérôme Rebotier] CAST Karin Viard (Coralie, dite Cora), Géraldine Pailhas, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Elbaz, Philippe Harel, Cyrille Clair, Alain Guillo, Sacha Bourdo

BABY BLUES (2008) DIR Diane Bertrand PROD Bruno Levy SCR Diane Bertrand, Bruno Japy CAM Damien Morisot ED Alice Moine MUS Beth Gibbons CAST Karin Viard (Alexandra), Stefano Accorsi, Valérie Benguigui, Jean-Marc Barr, Valérie Dumas, Stéphane De Groodt, Brice Cauvin, Jérôme Bertin

LE BAL DES ACTRICES, a.k.a. ALL ABOUT ACTRESSES and THE ACTRESS’ BALL (2009) DIR Maïwenn PROD François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne SCR Maïwenn CAM Pierre Aïm ED Laure Gardette MUS Gabriel Yared CAST Jeanne Balibar, Romane Bohringer, Julie Depardieu, Mélanie Doutey, Marina Foïs, Maïwenn, Charlotte Rampling, Karin Viard (Karin Viard), Yvan Attel, Bertrand Blier

LE CODE A CHANGÉ, a.k.a. CHANGE OF PLANS and THE PLANS HAVE CHANGED (2009) DIR Danièle Thompson PROD Alain Terzian, Christine Gozlan SCR Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson CAM Jean-Marc Fabre ED Sylvie Landra MUS Nicola Piovani CAST Karin Viard (Marie-Laurence ‘ML’ Claverne), Dany Boon, Marina Foïs, Patrick Bruel, Emmanuelle Seigner, Christopher Thompson, Marina Hands, Patrick Chesnais, Blanca Li, Laurent Stocker, Pierre Arditi

LES DERNIERS JOURS DU MONDE, a.k.a. HAPPY END (2009) DIR Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu PROD Bruno Péresy SCR Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu (novel by Dominique Noguez) CAM Thierry Arbogast ED Annette Dutertre CAST Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot, Karin Viard (Chloé), Sergio López, Clotilde Hesme, Omahyra, Sabine Azéma

LES INVITÉS DE MON PÈRE, a.k.a. MY FATHER’S GUESTS (2010) DIR Anne Le Ny PROD Bruno Levy SCR Anne Le Ny, Luc Béraud CAM Patrick Blossier ED Francine Sandberg MUS Béatrice Thiriet CAST Karin Viard (Babette Paumelle), Fabrice Luchini, Michael Aumont, Valérie Benguigui, Veronica Novak, Olivier Rabourdin

POTICHE (2010) DIR François Ozon PROD Nicolas Altmayer, Eric Altmayer SCR François Ozon (play by Pierre Barillet, Jean-Pierre Grédy) CAM Yorick Le Saux ED Laure Gardette MUS Philippe Rombi CAST Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard (Nadège Dumoulin), Judith Godréche, Jérémie Renier, Sergi López

RIEN À DÉCLARER, a.k.a. NOTHING TO DECLARE (2010) DIR – SCR Dany Boon PROD Eric Hubert, Jérôme Seydoux CAM Pierre Aïm ED Luc Barnier, Géraldine Rétif MUS Philippe Rombi CAST Benoît Poelvoorde, Dany Boon, Christel Pedrinelli, Karin Viard (Irène Janus), Joachim Ledeganck, Philippe Magnan, Julie Bernard, François Damiens, Olivier Gourmet

MA PART DU GÂTEAU, US title MY PIECE OF THE PIE (2011) DIR – SCR Cédric Klapisch PROD Bruno Levy CAM Christophe Beaucarne ED Francine Sandberg MUS Loïc Dury CAST Karin Viard (France), Gilles Lellouche, Audrey Lamy, Jean-Pierre Martins, Raphaëlle Godin, Fred Ulysse, Kevin Bishop, Marine Vacth, Zinedine Soualem, Cédric Klapisch

POLISSE (2011) DIR Maïwenn PROD Alain Attal SCR Maïwenn, Emmanuelle Bercot CAM Pierre Aïm ED Laure Gardette MUS Stephen Warbeck CAST Karin Viard (Nadine), Joey Starr, Marina Foïs, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Karole Rocher, Emmanuelle Bercot, Arnaud Henriet, Naidra Ayadi, Jérémie Elkaim, Maïwenn

LE SKYLAB (2011) DIR – SCR Julie Delpy PROD Michael Gentile CAM Lubomir Bakchev ED Isabelle Devinck CAST Bernadette Lafont, Emmanuelle Riva, Eric Elmosnino, July Delpy, Aure Atika, Noémie Lvovsky, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard (Albertine as Adult)

PARLEZ-MOI DE VOUS, a.k.a. ON AIR (2012) DIR – SCR Pierre Pinaud PROD Stephanie Carreras CAM Guillaume Deffontaines ED Valérie Deseine, Nathalie Hubert MUS Maïdi Roth CAST Karin Viard (Claire Martin / Mélina), Nicolas Duvauchelle, Nadia Barentin, Catherine Hosmalin, Patrick Fierry, Jean-Noël Brouté

DES GENS QUI S’EMBRASSENT, a.k.a. IT HAPPENED IN SAINT-TROPEZ (2013) DIR Danièle Thompson PROD Romain Le Grand, Florian Genetet-Morel SCR Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson CAM Jean-Marc Fabre ED Sylvie Landra MUS Stephen Warbeck CAST Kad Merad, Monica Bellucci, Eric Elmosnino, Valérie Bonneton, Max Boublil, Lou de Laâge, Clara Ponsot, Ivry Gitlis, Karin Viard (cameo)

LULU FEMME NUE, a.k.a. LULU IN THE NUDE (2013) DIR Sólveig Anspach PROD Caroline Roussel, Jean Labadie SCR Sólveig Anspach, Jean-Luc Gaget CAM Isabelle Razavet CAST Karin Viard (Lucie, dite Lulu), Bouli Lanners, Claude Gensac, Pascal Demolon, Philippe Rebbot, Marie Payen, Solène Rigot, Nina Meurisse

L’AMOUR EST UN CRIME PARFAIT, a.k.a. LOVE IS THE PERFECT CRIME (2013) DIR Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu PROD Francis Boespflug SCR Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu (novel by Philippe Djian) CAM Guillaume Deffontaines ED Annette Duterte MUS Caravaggio CAST Mathieu Amalric, Karin Viard (Marianne), Maïwenn, Sara Forestier, Denis Podalydès, Marion Duval

WEEK-ENDS (2014) DIR Anne Villacèque PROD Nicolas Blanc SCR Anne Villacèque, Sophie Fillières (adaptation by Anne Villacèque, Sophie Fillières) CAM Pierre Milon ED Nelly Quettier CAST Karin Viard (Christine), Noémie Lvovsky, Jacques Gamblin, Ulrich Tukur, Aurélia Petit, Iliana Zabeth, Gisèle Casadesus

ON A FAILLI ÊTRE AMIES, a.k.a. ALMOST FRIENDS (2014) DIR – SCR Anne Le Ny PROD Bruno Levy CAM Jérôme Alméras ED Guerric Catala MUS Éric Neveux CAST Karin Viard (Marithé Bressy), Emmanuelle Devos, Roschy Zem, Philippe Rebbot, Anne Le Ny, Philippe Fretun

LA FAMILLE BÉLIER, a.k.a. THE BÉLIER FAMILY (2014) DIR Eric Lartigau PROD Stéphanie Bermann, Eric Jehelmann, Philippe Rousselet SCR Victoria Bedos, Stanislas Carré de Malberg (adaptation by Eric Lartigau, Thomas Bidegain; original idea by Victoria Bedos) CAM Romain Winding ED Jennifer Augé MUS Sacha Galperine, Evgueni Galperine CAST Karin Viard (Gigi Bélier), François Damiens, Éric Elmosnino, Louane Emera, Roxane Duran, Ilian Bergala, Luca Gelberg

BELLES FAMILLES, a.k.a. FAMILIES (2015) DIR Jean-Paul Rappeneau PROD Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin SCR Jean-Paul Rappeneau (original idea by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jacques Fieschi) CAM Thierry Arbogast ED Véronique Lange MUS Martin Rappeneau CAST Mathieu Amalric, Marine Vacth, Gilles Lellouche, Nicole Garcia, Karin Viard (Florence Deffe), Guillaume De Tonquédec, André Dussollier, Gemma Chan

VINGT ET UNE NUITS AVEC PATTIE, a.k.a. 21 NIGHTS WITH PATTIE (2015) DIR – SCR Arnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marc Larrieu PROD Francis Boespflug, Bruno Pésery CAM Yannick Ressigeac ED Annette Dutertre MUS Nicolas Repac CAST Isabelle Carré, Karin Viard (Pattie), André Dussollier, Sergi López, Laurent Poitrenaux, Denis Lavant, Philippe Rebbot

LOLO (2015) DIR Julie Delpy PROD Michael Gentile SCR Julie Delpy, Eugénie Grandval CAM Thierry Arbogast ED Virginie Bruant MUS Mathieu Lamboley CAST Dany Boon, Julie Delpy, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard (Ariane), Antoine Lounguine, Christophe Vandevelde, Elise Larnicol

LE GRAND PARTAGE, a.k.a. A PERFECT WEEKEND and THE ROOMMATES PARTY (2015) DIR – SCR Alexandra Leclère PROD Philippe Godeau CAM Jean-Marc Fabre ED Philippe Bourgeuil, Ronan Tronchot MUS Philippe Rombi CAST Karin Viard (Christine Dubreuil), Didier Bourdon, Valerie Bonneton, Michel Vuillermoz, Josiane Balasko, Patrick Chesnais, Anémone, Jackie Berroyer

LES VISITEURS: LA RÉVOLUTION, a.k.a. THE VISITORS: BASTILLE DAY (2016) DIR Jean-Marie Poiré PROD Jean-Marie Poiré, Sidonie Dumas SCR Jean-Marie Poiré, Christian Clavier (adaptation by Jean-Marie Poiré, Christian Clavier) CAM Stéphane Le Parc ED Philippe Bourgueil MUS Eric Levi CAST Christian Clavier, Jean Reno, Franck Dubosc, Karin Viard (Adelaïde de Montmirail), Sylvie Testud, Marie-Anne Chazel, Ary Abittan, Alex Lutz

LE LOCATAIRE, a.k.a. A BUN IN THE OVEN (2016) DIR Nadège Loiseau PROD Christophe Barral, Sylvie Pialat, Toukif Ayadi SCR Nadège Loiseau, Fanny Burdino, Julien Guetta, Mazarine Pingeot (original idea by Nadège Loiseau) CAM Julien Roux ED Frédéric Baillechaiche CAST Karin Viard (Nicole Ryan), Philippe Rebbot, Hélène Vincent, Manon Kneusé, Antoine Bertrand, Stella Fenouillet

JALOUSE (2017) DIR – SCR David Foenkinos, Stéphane Foenkinos PROD Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer CAM Guillaume Deffontaines ED Virginie Bruant CAST Karin Viard (Nathalie Pécheux), Dara Tombroff, Anne Dorval, Thibault de Montalembert, Bruno Todeschini, Marie-Julie Baup

BÉCASSINE (2018) DIR Bruno Podalydès SCR Bruno Podalydès (character created by J.P. Pinchon) CAM Patrick Blossier ED Christel Dewynter CAST Emeline Bayart, Karin Viard (Marquise de Grand-Air), Josiane Balasko, Denis Podalydès, Michel Vuillermoz, Vimala Pons

LES CHATOUILLES (2018) DIR Andréa Bescond, Eric Métayer PROD François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne SCR Andéa Bescond CAM Pierre Aïm ED Valérie Deseine CAST Andréa Bescond, Karin Viard, Clovis Cornillac, Pierre Deladonchamps, Yassine Fadel, Grégory Montel, Carole Franck