Brigitte Roüan


Brigitte Roüan

This article borrows largely from a "New York Times" profile of the artist. [Riding, Alan. "When the Tables Are Turned in Adultery's Secret Rooms", "New York Times", March 8, 1998]

Brigitte Rouan (born 1951) is a French film director and actress.__NOTOC__

Early life and career

Rouan was born into a French naval family in Toulon in 1951. She was orphaned at age six and spent her childhood in Algeria and Senegal. At age 12, she left for convent school in Paris.

Her acting career began at age 21, on the stage. Her performance lead the way to small film roles for directors including Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, and Bertrand Tavernier.

Directing career

Rouan became a director in her own right when she helmed a short film titled "Grosse". It won a César Award in 1986. She would become a feature film director with "Overseas" (1990), which won the Critics' Week award at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. She co-starred in the film with Marianne Basler and Nicole Garcia to portray sisters in colonial North Africa during the 1950s.

The now actor-director would continue in roles, including one in "Olivier, Olivier" (1991) for Polish director Agnieszka Holland.

Rouan's 1997 film "Post Coitum, Animal Triste" garnered attention for its depiction of an affair between a middle-aged woman (played by Rouan herself) and a younger man. The film was a success in its native country and received strong notices in America, where it screened at the New York Film Festival before playing to arthouse crowds.

Director filmography

* "Overseas" (1990)
* "Post Coitum, Animal Triste" ("After Sex") (1997)
* "Travaux, on sait quand ça commence..." ("Housewarming") (2005)

Partial actor filmography

* "Overseas" (1990) as Malène
* "Post Coitum, Animal Triste" (1997) as Diane Clovier
* "Why Not Me?" (1999) as Josepha
* "Le Temps du Loup" ("Time of the Wolf") (2003) as Béa
* "The Pleasure Is All Mine" (2004) as Nicole

References

External links

* [http://www.indiewire.com/people/int_Rouan_Brigitte_980401.html "Post Release: "Post-Coitum"'s Brigitte Rouan"] by Brandon Judell, indieWIRE website, retrieved April 13, 2006


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