Spotlight on Mélanie Laurent and her best performances

Mélanie Laurent

Movies of Melanie LaurentBorn in Paris in 1983, Mélanie is a talented actress, director, singer and writer. She made her debut with The Bridge in 1999, after catching the attention of Gérard Depardieu. Over the last decade, Melanie has established herself as one of the most promising young french actresses. 

Here are some of her best performances, including of course, as Shosanna in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

Paris (2008)

Melanie Laurent as Laetitia in 'Paris'
Melanie Laurent as 'Laetitia'
Paris is a collection of multiple story-lines revolving around love, romance, tragedy and hope. Though the movie primarily revolves around a young cabaret dancer Pierre (Romain Duris) suffering with a heart condition in desperate need of a heart transplant (with roughly 40% chance of success), and his elder caretaker divorced sister Élise (Juliette Binoche), the parallel story-line of an history professor Roland (Fabrice Luccini) going through his mid-life crisis who's also a presenter of a new TV show unraveling the history of the great city, infatuated with one of his young students Laetitia (Melanie Laurent) is delightful and entertaining.  (Read Review)

Don't Worry, I'm Fine (2006)

Melanie Laurent as Lili in 'Don't Worry, I'm Fine (Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas)'
Melanie Laurent as 'Lili'
Don't Worry, I'm Fine (Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas) is a poignant family drama about relationships and family secrets. Though it was one of her earlier movies, she shows great confidence, poise and conviction in her performance as Lili, a young woman who returns home from a trip to Spain, only to discover that her twin brother has left the house after a heated argument with their father. The film was nominated for 5 César Awards, eventually winning the Best Supporting Actor for Kad Merad and Most promising actress for the talented and beautiful Mélanie Laurent. (Read Review)

Melanie Laurent in 'Beginners', also starring Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregorWritten and Directed by Mike Mills, Beginners is centered around Oliver Fields (Ewan McGregor), a graphic designer who has recently lost his widowed father Hal (Christopher Plummer). Shortly before his death from cancer, Hal had come out of the closet. While grieving the loss of his father, he meets Anna (Mélanie Laurent), a french actress with laryngitis who couldn't speak. This is a beautifully crafted emotional tale that works it's magic due to the elan of Christopher Plummer with the able support of Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent.

Mélanie Laurent as a Parisian Violinist Anne-Marie
The Concert (Le Concert) is a french comedy drama (though large part is in Russian) that traverses diverse themes with mixed success. Directed by Romania born French-Jewish director Radu Mihăileanu, 'The Concert' was nominated for seven Caesars including Best Film, Direction, Editing and Writing, eventually winning for Best Sound and Best Original Score at the 2010 Caesar Awards. The Concert (Le Concert) stars Alexei Guskov as Andrei Filipov, a janitor, in a concert hall in Russia which he once ruled as the symphony conductor of the famous Russian Bolshoi Orchestra group 30 years back and Melanie Laurent is  a Parisian violinist Anne-Marie who helps Andrei regain the past glory, and also coming to terms with the past of her parents that were connected with Alexei's past. (Read Review)
Melanie Laurent as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds'
Inglourious Basterds is Mélanie Laurent's biggest hit till date and brought her to the attention of audiences around the world. In an ensemble cast lead by Brad Pitt, the most notable performances were that of Christopher Waltz as a Nazi Jew hunter that won him an Oscar, and that of Mélanie as Shosanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish woman who saw her entire family getting massacred as a teenager, and now out for revenge against the Nazis. Her performance won various awards including best actress award from the Online Film Critics Society and the Austin Film Critics Association.