Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Hupert is one of those actresses that despite being loved and adored by any and every cineast, still manages to captivate the occasional foreign film viewer. Madamme Huppert has played nearly every sort of character that you could imagine though most of the notorious characters she played have been sexually rapacious femmes in dysfunctional relationships.

Above a still from the film Ma Mere (2004),
where she plays an incestuous mother

Isabelle Huppert deserves to be the first woman begging for intimacy as she exudes subtle sensuality and hidden depravity.

Isabelle was born in Paris in 1953 and at a young age was encouraged by her mother to start acting. In 1971 she appeared in her first film and since then has acted in over 90 films, 14 of which entered official competitions at the Cannes Film Festival, where she was awarded the Best Actress Award twice. One for Violette Noziere in 1978 and La Pianiste in 2001. The latter is the film that made her an arthouse institution and made indie boys inadvertently come in their pants.

La Pianiste, directed by Michael Haneke and based on Elfriede Jelinek's novel, is about a piano teacher with no social nor emotional skills who fails to understand how the normal world spins and gets lots in a relationship with a young man. A relationship of lust, some love, sex, classical music, pain, S&M and blood. Needless say the end is tragic and powerful.

Below is a series of stills that will briefly tell you the story and capture the Isabelle Huppert stare. Just look at it.

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