French actress Isabelle Huppert has made a big splash starring in at least two widely acclaimed films this year: Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” about a businesswoman who is assaulted in her home and then begins stalking her attacker, and Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” about a philosophy professor who’s life is thrown in disarray when her husband leaves her for another woman. Now, Huppert returns yet again in Bavo Defurne’s “Souvenir,” about a middle-aged factory worker’s new relationship with a young boxer. Watch a trailer for the film below. (Note: there are no English subtitles.)
In the film, Huppert plays Liliane, an unassuming model employee in a pâté factory who meets a new worker named Jean (Kévin Azaïs) who boxes in his spare time. They soon form a platonic relationship, but Jean believes that he saw Liliane on TV once as a singer. Though she denies it, soon circumstances force her to confront her past.
Huppert has worked as an actress for over four decades. She is the most nominated actress for the César Award with 15 nominations. She has starred in films like “Loulou,” “Heaven’s Gate,” “The Piano Teacher,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Amour” and many, many more.
“Souvenir” previously screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival. It will open in France on December 21. It still awaits a U.S. release date.