Émilie Dequenne: “People such as I, who are fortunate to do the job they always dreamed of, are just so lucky”

Belgian-born and award-winning screen actress Émilie Dequenne made her screen debut in “Rosetta” (1999), directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Her stunning performance as the film’s leading character earned her a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival right away.

Earlier this month, Paris Match published an article, ‘Les six reines de Cannes: la palme a changé leur vie.’ Referring to the Cannes Film Festival, they brought together and celebrated the work of six actresses who all won the Best Actress award at the French beach resort. On the YouTube video below, they are from left to right, Émilie Dequenne (in 1999), Irène Jacob (“La double vie de Véronique,” 1991), Diane Kruger (“In the Fade,” 2017), Marie-Josée Croze (“Les invasions barbares,” 2003), Emmanuelle Bercot (“Mon roi,” 2015), and Natacha Régnier (“La vie rêvée des anges,” 1998).

‘Les six reines de Cannes’ according to Paris Match

A few weeks later, Ms. Dequenne was reunited with her “Rosetta” directors, the Dardenne brothers, and actor Fabrizio Rongione at a screening of the film in Brussels during the BRIFF (Brussels International Film Festival), celebrating the film’s twentieth birthday.

During her visit to Brussels, I met Ms. Dequenne for an interview. The last time we met was a little over two years ago when she was promoting “Chez Nous” (a.k.a. “This Is Our Land”). Always praised for being very down-to-earth, she said then, “I am very careful when I choose a role I wish to play. I don’t take it for granted, I don’t take it too lightly.” A very interesting thought, especially when those words are being spoken by one of the most accomplished actresses in French cinema.

Since she was not here to talk about a new film that’s scheduled to be released soon, it allowed me to talk more in general, trying to figure out who the woman is behind all those magnificent performances over the years—that is, after we first revisited “Rosetta” very briefly.

Ms. Dequenne, what did “Rosetta” learn you back then when you were a seventeen-year-old actress?

I had been a member of theater workshops and had appeared on the stage before, but “Rosetta” was my first film, my introduction to film and to the camera, and through the Dardenne brothers, I discovered what cinema is all about. If you look at their working method, you can’t compare them with anyone, because nobody else works as they do. They are very unique, and that became obvious right after “Rosetta,” which was a small film with a small crew where everybody worked together, while my next film, “Le pacte des loups” [2001, a.k.a. “Brotherhood of the Wolf”], was completely the opposite. I didn’t even get to see the director [Christophe Gans], because he was watching everything on his monitor, so I communicated with his assistant. Everything was set and meticulously planned. Those first two films couldn’t have been more different, and since then, I did everything in between [laughs].

There’s this wide range in the films you do, but also in the roles you play. If you compare your characters in films such as “À perdre la raison“ [2012] and your portrayal of the hairdresser in “Pas son genre”[2014], the difference couldn’t more obvious. This variety in the roles you play, is that your niche?

For me, it’s a combination of several things because I’m interested in playing different characters, all types of characters really, and that’s what is so appealing when you’re an actor. If I had to play Rosetta, Murielle, or Jennifer all the time, it wouldn’t be fun anymore. It’s much more interesting if you get to play a countess in one film and a poor woman in the next—different characters in different settings and different stories. And you’re also working with another director who is a world on his own. His point of view always makes him unique, and when you accept a role, you enter his world, and first you begin to create your character with your body, like a different haircut and the right costumes when you start disguising yourself. I loved doing that when I was a child, and that’s exactly what we also do when we’re making a film.

Have you ever considered directing?

I don’t know; I certainly wouldn’t do it now. Maybe one day, but I’m still very young, I’m only thirty-seven, and I still love what I’m doing. It did cross my mind to produce a project, but so far, I’m still too busy acting, that’s my priority now.

And even at thirty-seven, you have been a leading lady in French cinema for twenty years now. Does that come with some sort of responsibility?

I never thought of that. There is only one person I have to be accountable to, and that’s me. I have to know what I want and what I do. I always listen to this little voice in my head to make sure I’m doing the right thing, and I always follow my intuition. And suppose there’s one thing that bothers me even just a little bit, I won’t accept the part.

What about working abroad, like in England or the U.S.? Is that an option?

You know, I’m not very much at ease when I speak English. When I was young, I spoke it a lot, but now it has been a very long time, although I could practice it at home with my daughter who’s perfectly bilingual—thank you, Netflix [laughs]—and she’s also very well-read in English. They have sent me screenplays, and I always turned them down because it wouldn’t feel right. English is not my native language, and I don’t think I would get it right in terms of the sense, the precision, and the truthfulness of the [English] language. I did appear in the BBC series “The Missing” [2014], and it was wonderful, but I played a French woman who was translating most of the time, so emotionally that wasn’t a difficult part to play. I also think that in British or American films, French-speaking roles are often like caricatures, so for the moment it doesn’t really interest me too much. In fact, I recently passed up one casting, and my agent wasn’t too happy about it, but I said, ‘In truth, this is not for me.’ But suppose they’d send me a script that I like, and if I were able to prepare it thoroughly with a dialogue coach to get the accent right, that would be something entirely different.

You are a very accomplished, well-known, and highly respected actress, but you don’t live the life of a movie star, do you? I mean, journalists always speak highly of you because of your passion for your craft, your love for your family, Paris, and for cooking.

I’m not a star at all [laughs]. A star saves lives, like a surgeon, or someone who has huge responsibilities and makes important decisions that are crucial to a lot of people. Those are the real stars. I’m not like that at all. People such as I, who are fortunate to do the job they always dreamed of, are just so lucky. So we’re no stars! And even though we’re in the news, it would be terrible if I would not be able to live the way everybody else does. I really need a life of my own.

And you can do that in Paris?

Absolutely. You know, television shows are always very popular, and when I appear in films, and they are reviewed on television, or they’re a news item, they always talk about the movie, they’re not talking about me. So I’m not a public figure at all. Also, you should appear on television all the time if you really want to be bankable, but if that’s what it takes, then I’ll settle with less. And if that means that I will be working less, or make less money, then so be it. I’ll adjust. I never considered myself a celebrity: I can walk anywhere I want in Paris or Brussels, I can take the subway without any problem.

Do you still come to Belgium a lot?

Oh yes, my family lives here. Whenever I can, I come over. Yesterday I was at my niece’s school. I drove my car from Paris, and on my way to Brussels, I first stayed with my parents for a few days before coming over to the Festival.

Émilie Dequenne, BRIFF’s guest of honor, after the screening of “Rosetta” | Leo/Film Talk

Do you still see the Dardenne brothers a lot?

No, not too much, but our relationship is still very much intact after twenty years. We all moved on with our lives and our careers, but we have a strong bond.

Do you remember your first cinematographic experience that maybe influenced you or convinced you to become an actress?

It was not film but the theater that gave me the love and the passion for acting. This happened at the Théâtre de la Relève in a small place called Ladeuze, close to where I grew up. I went there with my parents a couple of times a year. The actors were non-professionals, but it was wonderful; they had those incredible sets and costumes. I was so impressed; I was really in awe of those people and their stage work. Music also inspired me. As a child, I was always dancing, telling stories and creating situations. But in the beginning, I didn’t have the ambition to become an actress; I just wanted to play someone else—and I wanted people to pay if they wanted to see me playing [laughs]. In a way, actors are like children who never stopped playing, something I’ve also been doing my whole life. And by the way, the first film I saw in the cinema, was a Claude Berri film, “Manon des Sources” [1986, a.k.a. “Manon of the Spring”], and later I got to work with him [“Une femme de ménage,” 2002, a.k.a. “The Housekeeper”].

Can you tell something about that?

C’était magique! When my agent told me, ‘Claude Berri would like you to read this book, he’s writing an adaptation, and he would like to meet you,’ the first thing I thought was, ‘Ah, Claude Berri…!’ That was so exciting, and then I had the opportunity to work with him! And how old was I when I saw “Manon de Sources”… I didn’t grow up with cinema, because there wasn’t a cinema close to where we lived. We had the Plaza in [the Belgian city of] Mons. As a child I usually went to see a Disney film, but “Manon des Sources,” with all those wonderful actors like Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, and Emmanuelle Béart, I never forgot that experience. Very beautiful memories. But from the age of eight, I saw several films on television, and I had an uncle who rented a lot of films on video, so that’s how I got to see a lot of films.

Is it an advantage for you to live in Paris?

I don’t know if it’s an advantage. I’m used to living there now, but I would also be happy if I lived elsewhere. And Paris has its disadvantages too—the pollution, the noise, everybody’s in a hurry. But I love the city because it’s so beautiful, and I love to walk. I got a car, but in Paris, I walk most of the time—up to fifteen kilometers a day if necessary—so my feet are my most important means of transport. If I have an appointment, I sometimes leave my home an hour and a half earlier, depending on the distance and where I have to be, and so, off I go, even if it rains. The city has so much to offer, I like the beauty of it, and everything is within reach; it’s so convenient. That’s what I didn’t have when I was young and grew up in the country—in Paris everything is simple and fast. Not in a sense that I’m stressed, because I’m not, but it gives me a boost, a kind of energy. That is definitely an advantage of living there. So I don’t live there because of the work that I do, but because it’s one of the most important and vibrant cities in the world. I love the idea of living in Paris, but I could also live in San Fransisco, another city I love, and London too. My daughter would like to live in London, and I think she will, one day. So if I will have to pay her tuition while she’s in London, I still need to work a lot—maybe I will have to accept those offers from Hollywood after all, and earn a few million dollars there so that in the end, I’ll be able to pay her tuition [laughs].

Brussels International Film Festival, Brussels
June 22, 2019

This news item from the TV channel France 3 shows how it all began in Cannes on May 23, 1999, when film director David Cronenberg announced “Rosetta” won the Palme d’Or, with (starting at 00:50) Émilie Dequenne as the Festival’s Best Actress at age 17


ROSETTA (1999) DIR – SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne PROD Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Arlette Zylberberg, Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin CAM Alain Marcoen ED Marie-Hélène Dozo MUS Jean-Pierre Cocco CAST Émilie Dequenne (Rosetta), Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet, Bernard Marbaix, Frédéric Bodson

LE PACTE DES LOUPS, a.k.a. BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF (2001) DIR Christophe Gans PROD Richard Grandpierre, Samuel Hadida SCR Stéphane Cabel (adaptation by Christophe Gans, Stéphane Cabel) CAM Dan Laustsen ED David Wu, Xavier Loutreuil, Sébastien Prangàre MUS Joseph LoDuca CAST Samuel Le Bihan, Vincent Cassel, Émilie Dequenne (Marianne), Monica Bellucci, Jérémie Renier, Mark Dacascos, Johan Leysen

OUI, MAIS…, a.k.a. YES, BUT… (2001) DIR – SCR Xavier Lavandier PROD François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne CAM Pascal Caubère ED Dominique Petrot MUS Philippe Rombi CAST Émilie Dequenne (Eglantine Laville), Gérard Jugnot, Alix de Konopka, Cyrille Thouvenin, Vanessa Jarry, Patrick Bonnel, Xavier Lavandier

UNE FEMME DE MÉNAGE, a.k.a. THE HOUSEKEEPER (2001) DIR – PROD Claude Berri SCR Claude Berri (book by Christian Oster) CAM Eric Gautier ED François Gédigier MUS Frédéric Botton CAST Jean-Pierre Bacri, Émilie Dequenne (Laura), Brigitte Catillon, Jacques Frantz, Axelle Abbadie, Catherine Breillat

MARIÉES MAIS PAS TROP, a.k.a. THE VERY MERRY WIDOWS (2003) DIR Catherine Corsini PROD Philippe Martin SCR Catherine Corsini, Philippe Blasband, Christophe Morand CAM Jeanne Lapoirie ED Yannick Kergoat MUS Krishna Levy CAST Jane Birkin, Émilie Dequenne (Laurence Milcaux), Pierre Richard, Clovis Cornillac, Jérémie Elkaïm, Laurent Grévill, Amera Casar

L’AMÉRICAIN, a.k.a. THE AMERICAN (2004) DIR Patrick Timsit PROD Thomas Anargyros, Edouard de Vésinne SCR Patrick Timsit, Jean-Carol Larrivé CAM Pierre Morel ED Marcela Figueroa, Catherine Renault MUS Nicolas Errèra CAST Lorànt Deutsch, Thierry Lhermitte, Émilie Dequenne (Nelly), Patrick Le Luherne, Paolo Seganti, Mathias Mlekuz, Richard Berry

L’ÉQUIPIER, a.k.a. THE LIGHT (2004) DIR Philippe Lioret PROD Christophe Rossignon SCR Philippe Lioret, Emmanuel Courcol, Christian Sinniger (original idea by Gilles Legrand) CAM Patrick Blossier ED Mireille Leroy MUS Nicola Piovani CAST Sandrine Bonnaire, Philippe Torreton, Grégori Derangère, Émilie Dequenne (Brigitte), Anne Consigny, Martine Sarcey, Nicolas Bridet

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (2004) DIR Mary McGuckian PROD Mary McGuckian, Garrett McGuckian, Michael Cowan, Denise O’Dell SCR Mary McGukian (novel by Thornton Wilder) CAM Javier Aguirresarobe ED Kant Pan MUS Lalo Schifrin CAST Robert De Niro, Bates, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Geraldine Chaplin, Émilie Dequenne (Doña Clara), Samuel Le Bihan, Pilar López de Ayala, Jim Sheridan

AVANT QU’IL NE SOIT TROP TARD (2005) DIR Laurent Dussaux PROD Frédéric Bal, Véronique Rofé SCR Alain Layrac CAM Myriam Vinocour ED Loïc Jaspard MUS Loïc Dury, Aymeric Penguin, Aymeric Béguin CAST Frédéric Diefenthal, Émilie Dequenne (Aurélia), Elodie Navarre, Olivier Sitruk, Edouard Montoute, Lisa Martino, Vanessa Larre, Eric Savin, Arthur Jugnot

LES ÉTATS-UNIS D’ALBERT (2005) DIR André Forcier PROD Yves Fortin, David Kodsi, André Martin SCR André Forcier, Linda Pinet CAM Daniel Jobin ED Elisabeth Guido MUS Jean-Philippe Héritier CAST Éric Bruneau, Émilie Dequenne (Grace Carson), Andréa Feréol, Roy Dupuis, Céline Bonnier, Laurent Deshusses, Alex Descas

LA RAVISSEUSE, a.k.a. A SONG OF INNOCENCE (2005) DIR Antoine Santana PROD Daniel Leconte SCR Antoine Santana, Véronique Puybaret CAM Giorgos Arvanitis ED Nadine Verdier CAST Isild Le Besco, Émilie Dequenne (Charlotte), Grégoire Colin, Anémone, Frédéric Pierrot, Bernard Blancan, Christian Gasc

LE GRAND MEAULNES (2006) DIR Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe PROD Pascal Houzelot SCR Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe, Jean Cosmos (novel by Alain-Fournier) CAM Yves Lafaye ED Dominique Faysse MUS Philippe Sarde CAST Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Clémence Poesy, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Philippe Torreton, Émilie Dequenne (Valentine), Malik Zidi, Valérie Stroh, Florence Thomassin

ÉCOUTE LE TEMPS, a.k.a. FISSURES (2006) DIR – SCR Alante Kavaite PROD Antoine Simkine CAM Dominique Colin ED Agnès Mouchel CAST Émilie Dequenne (Charlotte), Mathieu Demy, Ludmila Mikaël, Jacques Spessier, Etienne Chicot, Eva Ionesco, Gilles David, Joël Lefrançois, Bruno Flender

CHACUN SON CINÉMA OU CE PETIT COUP AU COEUR QUAND LA LUMIÈRE S’ÉTEINT ET QUE LE FILM COMMENCE, a.k.a. TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA (2007) DIR Theodoros Angelopoulos, Olivier Assayas, Bille August, Jane Campion, Youssef Chahine, Kaige Chen, Michael Cimino, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, David Cronenberg, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliviera, Raymond Depardon, Atom Egoyan, Amos Gitai, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Takeshi Kitano, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, David Lynch, Nanni Moretti, Roman Polanski, Raoul Ruiz, Walter Salles, Elia Suleiman, Ming-liang Tsai, Gus Van Sant, Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders, Kar-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang PROD Denis Carot, Robert Benmussa, Sandrine Brauer, Laura Briand, Rachel Curl, Gilles Ciment, Sergei Davidoff, Gilles Jacob, Aki Kaurismäki, Takeshi Kitano, Serge Lalou, Marie Masmonteil, Masayuki Mori, Rebecca O’Brien, Jacky Yee Wah Pang, Roman Polanski, Katrine Sahlstrøm, Alain Sarde, Vincent Wang, Corinne Golden Weber, Kar-Wai Wong, Takio Yoshida SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Manoel de Oliviera, Atom Egoyan, Olivier Assayas, William Chang, Amos Gitai, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrey Konchalovskiy, Nanni Moretti, War-Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang, Jingzhi Zou CAM Marc-André Batigne, Jacques Bouquin, Inti Briones, Dirk Brüel, Nick de Pencier, Eric Alan Edwards, Greig Fraser, Francis Grumman, Pung-Leung Kwan, Steven Lubensky, Emmanuel Lubezki, Alain Marcoen, Ramses Marzouk, Francisco Olivera, Alessandro Pesci, Mauro Pinheiro Jr., Andreas Sinanos, Masha Solovyova, Shinzi Suzuki, Alberto Venzago, Xiaoding Zhao, Xiaoshi Zhao ED Luc Barnier, William Chang, Long Cheng, Alexandre de Franceschi, Marie-Hélène Dozo, Olga Grinshpun, François Gédigier, Takeshi Kitano, Bodil Kjærhauge, Véronique Lange, Giuseppe Leonetti, Valérie Loiseleux, Stephen Mirrione, Gabriel Reed, Susan Shipton, Yannis Tsitopoulos MUS Mark Bradshaw, Howard Shore, Mychael Danna, Eleni Karaindrou CAST Isabelle Adjani, Anouk Aimée, Josh Brolin, David Cronenberg, Émilie Dequenne (The Crying Woman, segment ‘Dans l’obscurité’), Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Michael Lonsdale, Jeanne Moreau, Brooke Smith, Lars von Trier

LA VIE D’ARTISTE (2007) DIR – SCR Marc Fitoussi PROD Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal, Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier CAM Pénélope Pourriat ED Serge Turquier MUS Tim Gane, Seán O’Hagan CAST Sandrine Kiderlain, Émilie Dequenne (Cora), Denis Podalydès, Valérie Benguigui, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Jean-Marie Winling, Alain Libolt, Maria Schneider

LA FILLE DE RER, a.k.a. THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (2009) DIR André Téchiné PROD Saïd Ben Saïd SCR André Téchiné, Jean-Marie Besset, Odile Barski (play by Jean-Marie Besset) CAM Julien Hirsch ED Martine Giordano MUS Philippe Sarde CAST Émilie Dequenne (Jeanne), Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc, Ronit Elkabetz, Mathieu Demy, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jérémy Quaegebeur

J’AI OUBLIÉ DE TE DIRE, a.k.a. I FORGOT TO TELL YOU (2009) DIR – SCR Laurent Vinas-Raymond PROD Pascal Servais CAM Gérard Sterin ED Agathe Cauvin MUS Joanna Bruzdowicz Cali CAST Omar Sharif, Émilie Dequenne (Marie), Franck Gourlat, Anne Canovas, Olivier Brun, Jérôme Pouly, Philippe Laudenbach, Valérie Baurens

LA MEUTE, a.k.a. THE PACK (2010) DIR – SCR Franck Richard PROD Franck Ribière, Vérane Frédiani CAM Laurent Barès ED Olivier Gajan CAST Yolande Moreau, Émilie Dequenne (Charlotte Massot), Benjamin Biolay, Philippe Nahon, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ian Fonteyn, Georges Lini

À PERDRE LA RAISON, a.k.a. OUR CHILDREN (2012) DIR Joachim Lafosse PROD Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart SCR Joachim Lafosse, Matthieu Reynaert, Thomas Bidegain CAM Jean-François Hensgens ED Sophie Vercruysse CAST Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Émilie Dequenne (Murielle), Stéphane Bissot, Mounia Raoui, Radouane Behache, Baya Belal, Nathalie Boutefeu, Yannick Renier

LA TRAVERSÉE, a.k.a. THE CROSSING (2012) DIR Jérôme Cornuau PROD Yves Marmion SCR Jérôme Cornuau, Alexandra Deman CAM Jean-Paul de Zaeytijd ED Brian Schmitt MUS André Dziezuk CAST Fanny Valette, Émilie Dequenne (Sarah Arendt), Michaël Youn, Pauline Haugness, Jules Werner, Jean-François Wolff

MÖBIUS (2013) DIR – SCR Éric Rochant PROD Mathias Rubin, Christophe Cervoni, Eric Juhérian CAM Pierre Novion ED Pascale Fenouillet MUS Jonathan Morali CAST Jean Dujardin, Tim Roth, Cécile De France, Émilie Dequenne (Sandra), John Lynch, Maxim Vitorgan, Brad Leland, Branka Katic, Dean Constantin

DIVIN ENFANT (2014) DIR Olivier Doran PROD Christian Gozlan, Nicolas Steil SCR Olivier Doran, Patrick Lefèbvre CAM Philippe Guilbert ED Emma Baude MUS André Dziezuk CAST Sami Bouajila, Émilie Dequenne (Sarah), Géraldine Pailhas, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Linh-Dan Pham, Pascal Demolon, Marco Prince, Natacha Lindinger

PAS SON GENRE, a.k.a. NOT MY TYPE (2014) DIR Lucas Belvaux PROD Patrick Sobelman, Patrick Quinet SCR Lucas Belvaux (novel by Philippe Vilain) CAM Pierric Gantelmi d’Ille ED Ludo Troch MUS Frédéric Vercheval CAST Émilie Dequenne (Jennifer), Loïc Corbery, Sandra Nkake, Charlotte Talpaert, Anne Coesens, Daniela Bisconti, Didier Sandre

PAR ACCIDENT, a.k.a. BY ACCIDENT (2015) DIR – SCR Camille Fontaine PROD Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil CAM Elin Kirschfink ED Albertine Lastera, Marion Monnier MUS Christophe CAST Hafsia Herzi, Émilie Dequenne (Angélique), Mounir Margoum, Emmanuel Salinger, Thelma Deroche Marc, Roméo Escala, Béatrice Mendolia

MAMAN A TORT (2016) DIR – SCR Marc Fitoussi PROD Caroline Bonmarchand CAM Laurent Brunet ED Damien Chesnot CAST Jean Jestin, Émilie Dequenne (Cyrielle Le Quellec), Nelly Antignac, Camille Chamoux, Annie Grégorio, Sabrina Ouazani, Jean-François Cayrey, Stéphane Bissot

CHEZ NOUS, a.k.a. THIS IS OUR LAND (2017) DIR Lucas Belvaux PROD David Frenkel, Patrick Quinet SCR Lucas Belvaux, Jérôme Leroy CAM Pierric Gantelmi d’Ille ED Ludo Troch MUS Frédéric Vercheval CAST Émilie Dequenne (Pauline Duhez), André Dussollier, Guillaume Gouix, Catherine Jacob, Anne Marivin, Patrick Descamps, Charlotte Talpaert

AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT, a.k.a. SEE YOU UP THERE (2017) DIR Albert Dupontel PROD Catherine Bozorgan SCR Albert Dupontel, Pierre Lemaitre (book by Pierre Lemaitre) CAM Vincent Mathias ED Christophe Pinel CAST Mélanie Thierry, Laurent Lafitte, Émilie Dequenne (Madeleine), Niels Arestrup, Albert Dupontel, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Travis Kerschen

JE NE RÊVE QUE DE LUI (2019) DIR Laurent Heynemann PROD Nelly Kafsky SCR Luc Béraud CAM Jean-François Robin ED Marion Monestier MUS Bruno Coulais CAST Elsa Zylberstein, Hippolyte Girardot, Émilie Dequenne, Mathilda May, Thomas Chabrol


JEAN MOULIN (2002) DIR Yves Boisset PROD Florence Dormoy, Jean Labib, Joëy Faré SCR Dan Franck (characters created by Pierre Péan) CAM Yves Dahan ED Laurence Leininger MUS Jean-Claude Nachon, Angélique Nachon CAST Charles Berling, Elsa Zylberstein, Émilie Dequenne (Lili), Christine Boisson, Christophe Malavoy, Jérémie Renier, Jean-Pierre Donnadieu, Brigitte Catillon

HENRY DUNANT: DU ROUGE SUR LA CROIX, a.k.a. HENRY DUNANT: RED ON THE CROSS (2006) DIR Dominique Othenin-Girard PROD Knut Orgis, Philippe Berthet, André Martin, Ève Vercel, Sigi Borutta SCR Claude-Michel Rome (adaptation by Dominique Othenin-Girard; original idea by Claire Level)  CAM Vincent Jeannot ED Didier Ranz, Maya Schmid MUS Didier Julia CAST Thomas Jouannet, Émilie Dequenne (Cécile Thuillier), Noémie Kocher, Michel Galabru, Jean-François Balmer, Vincent Winterhalter

CHARLOTTE CORDAY (2008) DIR Henri Helman PROD Jean Nainchrik SCR Henri Helman, Odile Barski (book ‘On ne meurt qu’une fois: Charlotte Corday’ by Jean-Denis Bredin) CAM Bernard Malaisy ED Marie-Françoise Michel MUS Marc Marder CAST Émilie Dequenne (Charlotte Corday), Bernard Blancan, Thierry Gibault, Marc Fayet, Raphaël Personnaz, Martine Gautier

MIROIR, MON BEAU MIROIR (2008) DIR Serge Meynard PROD Bénédicte Lesage, Ariel Askézani SCR Serge Meynard (novel ‘Un bel âge pour mourir’ by Barbara Abel) CAM Bruno Privat MUS Éric Neveu CAST Marie-France Pisier, Émilie Dequenne (Marion), Malik Zidi, Michel Aumont, Romann Berrux, Sophie Le Tellier, Noémi Kocher

RIEN DANS LES POCHES (2008) DIR Marion Vernoux PROD Alain Chabat, Armandine Billot, Christine Rouxel SCR Marion Vernoux, Laëtitia Trapet CAM Vincent Muller ED Laure Marcier MUS Nico Bogue CAST Emma De Caunes, Cécile Cassel, Nicolas Bogue, Émilie Dequenne (Judith Miro), Alain Chabat, Elio

OBSESSION(S) (2009) DIR Frédéric Tellier PROD Christophe Carmona, François Charlent SCR Franck Thilliez CAM Matias Boucard ED Stratos Gabrielidis MUS Christophe Lapinta CAST Émilie Dequenne (Sarah Lisbourne), Samuel Le Bihan, Olivier Sitruk, Lionnel Astier, Lannick Gautry

MYSTÈRE AU MOULIN ROUGE, a.k.a. MYSTERY AT THE MOULIN ROUGE (2011) DIR Stéphane Kappes PROD Stéphane Moatti SCR Elsa Marpeau, Mathieu Missoffe CAM Stéphane Cami ED Bénédicte Gellé MUS François Castello CAST Émilie Dequenne (Diane Barraud), Grégory Fitoussi, Dominique Besnehard, Adrienne Pauly, Marius Colucci, Guy Lecluyse

SOUVIENS-TOI, a.k.a. REMEMBER ME (2015) DIR Philippe Venault PROD Thomas Anargyros, Edouard de Vésinne SCR Sabine Carion, Philippe Madral (novel by Mary Higgins Clark) CAM Yves Lafaye ED Aurique Delannoy MUS Fabrice Aboulker CAST Émilie Dequenne (Émilie Auclair), Patrick Mille, Benjamin Bellecour, Sophie-Charlotte Husson, Pauline Serieys

LA CONSOLATION (2017) DIR Magaly Richard-Serrano PROD Nicole Collet SCR Magaly Richard-Serrano, Flavie Flament (book by Flavie Flament) CAM Pénélope Pourriat ED Catherine Schwartz MUS Louis Sclavis CAST Léa Drucker, Lou Gable, Philip Schurer, Émilie Dequenne (Flavie, as Adult), Xavier Mathieu, Patrick Préjean, Hervé Pierre

UNE VIE APRÈS (2018) DIR Jean-Marc Brondolo PROD Pierre Javaux SCR Jean-Marc Brondolo, Emmanuel Mauro, Pierre Javaux CAM Marc Falchier ED Caroline Descamps MUS Bruno Linck CAST Émilie Dequenne (Marion), Frédéric Pierrot, Marilyne Canto, Laurent Bateau, François Loriquet, Wim Willaert

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