The announcement was made by his family, Friday, June 17, at the end of the afternoon. Jean-Louis Trintignant died “peacefully, of old age (…) at his home, in the Gard, surrounded by his relatives”, at the age of 91. An essential figure in cinema, the actor had a career spanning seven decades, marked by his deepest tragedy, the death of his daughter, Marie Trintignant, in August 2003, under the blows of his companion at the time, Bertrand Cantat.
Until the end, the actor continued to shoot for the cinema. He held his last role in “The most beautiful years of a life” (2019) by Claude Lelouch, third opus of the film suite “A man and a woman”.
His career was marked by cult feature films such as “And God… Created Woman” (1956) in which the actor played opposite Brigitte Bardot, an icon of the time. Other films too, less known, are to be discovered on the various streaming platforms. Overview.
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“Red” by Krysztof Kieslowksi (1994)
Last part of the trilogy of the Polish director Krysztof Kieslowksi (after “Blue” and “White”) this film follows the trajectory of Valentine (Irène Jacob), a model and student of the University of Geneva. One day, the young woman accidentally injures a dog. She meets her master, a former judge named Joseph Kern (Jean-Louis Trintignant), with whom she ends up befriending.
“Rendezvous” by André Téchiné (1985)
Jean-Louis Trintignant embodies here the role of Scruzler, a secondary character who becomes the Pygmalion of Nina (Juliette Binoche), a young actress trapped in a particularly toxic love triangle. His two suitors are called Paulot and Quentin, and are played respectively by Wadeck Stanczak and Lambert Wilson.
“Le Combat dans l’île” by Alain Cavalier (1962)
This feature film marks the birth of a sublime legendary duo of cinema, formed by Romy Schneider and Jean-Louis Trintignant. In this film, they are Clément and Anne, a wealthy couple, fleeing to Argentina after having tried, in vain, to carry out an attack. The two actors will meet again years later in “Le train” (1973), an adaptation of a novel by the writer Georges Simenon.
“Those who love me will take the train” by Patrice Chéreau (1998)
The actor finds himself in the shoes of Jean-Baptiste Emmerich, a 70-year-old painter. Before dying, the character announces his last wish: “Those who love me will take the train”. All his relatives then go to Limoges, his hometown, to attend his funeral. Trintignant is surrounded here by an excellent cast made up of Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Charles Berling, Vincent Perez, Roschdy Zem and Dominique Blanc.
“Other people’s money” by Christian de Chalonge (1978)
Jean-Louis Trintignant plays the role of Henri Rainier, an executive who has just been fired from his company in the midst of a crisis. For this film, he finds Catherine Deneuve, with whom he has already filmed “Aggression”, in 1975.
“I love you” by Claude Berri (1980)
XXL casting for this drama with Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Serge Gainsbourg and Alain Souchon. Jean-Louis Trintignant finds here his partner from “Aggression” and “The Money of Others”, and plays one of the amorous conquests of the latter.
“The Banker” by Francis Girod (1980)
The actor finds Romy Schneider, and plays the role of Horace Vannister, a powerful banker. Also in the cast: Marie-France Pisier, Claude Brasseur, Jean-Claude Brialy and Jean Carmet.
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“Love” by Michael Haneke (2012)
The feature film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, then the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film the following year (and several Oscar nominations). Thanks to this film, Jean-Louis Trintignant won his first César for Best Actor, as did his screen partner, Emmanuelle Riva. They form on the screen a couple of octogenarians, Georges and Anne, two retired music teachers. Their daily life is turned upside down after the stroke of Anne who has become hemiplegic. Shocking, this feature film films the camera of a couple united by love until the end.
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“So sweet, so perverse” by Umberto Lenzi (1969)
Prohibited at least 16 years old, this film is not one of those that we remember, but since the platform offers to see it again, let’s savor the trio of French, Italian and American actors. Carroll Baker, known for her role in Elia Kazan’s “Baby Doll,” plays here Jean’s new love interest, married to Danielle.