French movies have always intrigued us and made us push the envelope of our viewing choices. And so have French actresses. One of the many, not only did Juliette Binoche help us bust the everlasting myth that French movies are all about love, sex, chocolate, and exotic cuisines, she also made us fall in love with the European ways every time she presented herself on the screen. Academy Award winner and the first European actress to be awarded the prestigious “Triple Crown of Acting”, Juliette Binoche’s rolling credits for a movie are often more than enough to deem the movie successful. Across the diaspora of French and English cinema, Juliette Binoche’s performance has been lauded by many for her sensuality and her upbeat demeanour.
In the past 35 years of her outstanding career, she has broken many-a-stereotypes, awed and inspired her audiences and has made us cry or laugh with her jaw-dropping acts. Rated among one of the top French actresses and most certainly one of the finest European actresses (also a bit underrated), Juliette Binoche’s journey so far has been filled with many milestone movies of the English and French cinema and also the numerous awards she’s garnered on the way.
Most of the movies that Binoche has appeared in have typically pitted her as the protagonist (many times as an artist, painter, sculptor etc.) and are centred around passionate love stories, tear-jerking dramas, heartbreaking tragedies, or highlight the nuances of European day-to-day lives in the backdrop of a social reform. Juliette Binoche’s films also bear the distinction of their belongingness to different locales and directors coming from various European and American nations, like Austria, Czech Republic, Britain, Iran, Taiwan, etc. that speaks volumes of her versatility as an actress and establishes her image of a global celebrity, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by many. To pick the best out of the best movies of Juliette Binoche’s close to 70 appearances is easier said than done. Yet, we’ve tried to bring to you her unmissable performances and movie moments which you need to watch before you die. Here is the list of top Juliette Binoche films.
15. Un beau Soleil intérieur (Eng: Let the Sunshine In) (2017)
Binoche’s latest addition to her career filled with thought-provoking, award-winning movies, ‘Let the Sunshine In’ is centred around Isabelle, a painter by profession. After her divorce, Isabelle is rooting for a partner to flame up her love-life but being a little fussier than before owing to her past. To choose between three men of fleeting personas and dealing with her own emotions seems difficult for Isabelle. The bittersweet comedic moments, interwoven with the electrifying performance of Binoche, who exudes all the sensuality and charm as Isabelle form the selling points of this film. Despite the slow start, the film has a feel-good effect as it ends.