A French beauty like no other.
My first memory of Juliette Binoche was her role as the young and naive Tereza in the film, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It was 1988. Juliette, so young, so innocent, so luminous. Already established as a well known and successful French actress, this was her first english speaking role which led to a world wide audience and acclaim and for me, from that day forward, a huge fan.
What I’ve always loved about Juliette Binoche is her courage as an actress. Never one to shy away from a difficult role or where her own vulnerabilities are challenged and laid bare.
Life in full circle.
In her most recent role in the film Clouds of Sils Maria, Juliette Binoche plays the part of Maria Enders. A film exploring the cyclical nature of stardom with Juliette Binoche playing what could be seen as an autobiography of her own career and was the intention of director Olivier Assayas.
In the film, the ageing star Maria Enders is asked to consider a remake of the successful film that ignited her career many years earlier, a role where Maria played a young woman (Sigrid) in love with an older and emotionally disturbed woman (Helena). In the reprise she is asked to play out the role of the older woman who, of course mirrors aspects of Maria’s own troubled life which she finds both confronting and disturbing.
This is a story that examines the loss of perceived relevance and the challenge to confront age and the eventual replacement from the lofty mantle of stardom with a younger star, although the ultimate outcome is one of quiet satisfaction for the older actress.
The other big star of this film (apart from Kristen Stewart) and the most intriguing was the Sils Maria Valley itself, located in the Swiss Alps where the legendary Sils Maria cloud weaves like a snake through the valley. The film makers managed to capture this rare occurrence towards the end of the movie and it’s as captivating as it is enigmatic.
For me, this is a film about grappling with our own relevance, finding our place in the world as we age and coming to terms with the changes we face as life proceeds with or without us. I loved the duality of the characters where reality and roles are blurred and mysteries and truths are left hanging like the Sils Maria cloud.
The fashion house Chanel were a major financier for the film, with the obligatory nod early on in the movie where Juliette’s character looks every bit the star in head-to-toe Chanel.
Once a beauty icon for Lancome, most image of Juliette show her beautiful translucent alabaster skin. Now in her fifties, keeping it that way will require topical serums loaded with high quality Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Retinol (Vitamin A) which will keep her skin strong and rejuvenate her skin. A skin this fair will, of course require a very good sunscreen to protect her during a Parisian summer and in the cool months of winter the benefits of nourishing oils derived from avocado, jojoba, almond or starflower will protect her fine delicate skin from becoming seasonally sensitive.
At 51, Juliette Binoche is confident in who she is and the choices she’s made in life, without shying away from the struggles we all experience as part of life.
In her own words in an interview with Vogue Australia:
The more I am acting as different characters, the more I think we are all the same. We all have to go through the big themes of life; separations, betrayal, reconciliation, love. For me the big secret is to allow myself not to feel separated, not only from the humankind, but also from nature; rocks, plants, animals and of course the stars, millions and millions of stars.
Other films worth a look.
Since seeing Clouds of Sils Maria I’ve been bingeing on Juliette Binoche films. Juliette has 40 films to her credit, such as The English Patient, where she won her first Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and of course the gorgeous film, Chocolat with Judi Dench, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.
A few of my own personal favourites are, of course, The Unbearable Lightness of Being where she stars alongside Daniel Day-Lewis and Lena Olin. The deeply confronting story of grief and loss in Three Colours Blue, and The Horseman on the Roof a romance set against the backdrop of the 1832 Italian struggle for independence co-starring Olivier Martinez.
There are a couple I’m yet to see but worth a look. Dan in Real Life a romantic comedy co-starring with the American actor, Steve Carell. Or, if you love a bit of historic drama there’s Camille Claudel 1915 where Juliette plays out the true life events of the troubled but incredibly gifted sculptor Camille Claudel. I know, a very eclectic mix indeed, which exemplifies the range of this talented actress.
And now you.
A fan of Juliette Binoche? Have a favourite film you’d like to share? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.
See you next time,
May 14 2015
The turning point.
If there was one ingredient that marked the turning point in my career in beauty it would have to be Lactic Acid. From the moment I started using this clever ingredient on my skin I was hooked. That was over 10 years ago now and I remain forever the devoted fan.
May 06 2015
Down the rabbit hole I go.
Sometimes after a trip down the virtual rabbit hole, just like Alice, once out the other side I feel just that little be wiser. Or perhaps, not so much wiser, but certainly with a lot more information than when I started out. And so it was today.
May 04 2015
Not since Charlotte pookipsy’d in her pants back in 2008, had I seen a woman more desperate. Finishing up with our last client before lunch, my companion mysteriously but with great conviction made her way to the nearest convenience store. This meant only one thing.
May 02 2015
The fountain of youthful skin starts here.
How you cleanse your skin is the foundation for all that comes after. If you want a better skin, a healthier skin and get better results from your chosen skin care regimen, well, then, getting your cleansing right is the best place to start.
Apr 24 2015
A change in the weather or just a change in location.
Last week I found myself in a situation that I was, to be honest, uncharacteristically unprepared for. My skin, suddenly, as dry and parched as the desert, which funnily enough is exactly where I was.
Apr 24 2015
A brave leap into the unknown.
Despite a niggling jab of guilt, you just blew your entire shoe budget for the month in a single purchase. Finally, a decision is made. You took the leap of faith. Now you wait and you wait and, you, wait.
Apr 03 2015
It’s chocolate season. 4 Chocolate Recipes.
I have no idea how the giving of eggs at Easter time went from a representation of the gift of life and renewal to the huge sugar and chocolate rush that it has now become. Be that as it may, many of us still find ourselves indulging in more than just the celebration of Easter but in a major Choc-fest.
Mar 27 2015
Life was perfect. Then this happened.
Her confusion was growing, frustration bubbling away under the surface, her angst becoming more and more noticeable. It just shouldn’t be this way, she thought. I’m confident, smart, successful and yet? Now in her forties, what she thought she’d left behind in her twenties, began to make a reappearance. On top of this, there was something else beginning to appear.
Mar 20 2015