Born: March 16, 1953 in Paris, France
Married to: Ronald Chammah (1982 – present) (3 children)
[on Elle (2016)] The film is really rich, very surprising and enigmatic. It’s elusive. It’s not a genre movie, but it’s not a non-genre movie either – it floats somewhere between Chabrol and Hitchcock, but it’s still a thousand per cent Verhoeven. There’s also a sociological dimension. It’s about a very contemporary woman, not a victim, but someone who bears up – only you don’t see her bearing up. Things just happen to her and she lives through them, without complaining. You can’t say she’s a victim, or a heroine, or a woman of power – although she is a woman of power. All those categories distract us from reality, in a way. 
[on working with new directors] Oh, it’s just a bet I take, and I’ve rarely been wrong. All the directors whose debut features I’ve made in the past seven, eight years have turned out to be real film-makers – I have a good intuition. 
[on Emmanuelle Riva] She never submitted to any of the usual codes of the life of an actress; she was pure and strong. For each role, she would create her own world for herself, and she would carry something so undefinable that you could call it poetry. You understood so many feelings by her behavior and by the way she just was – she was so touching and moving, sometimes even to tears.
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