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Yolande Moreau

Yolande Moreau
Moreau in 2009
Born (1953-02-27) 27 February 1953
Brussels, Belgium
Occupation Actress, comedian, director, screenwriter
Years active 1981–present
Children 2

Yolande Moreau (born 27 February 1953) is a Belgian comedian, actress, film director and screenwriter. She has won three César Award on four nominations.


  • Life and career 1
  • Theater 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Actress 3.1
    • Director 3.2
  • Box-office 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life and career

Moreau is prize-winner of three César Awards: one for best first film (in 2005) and two as best actress (in 2005 and 2009). She has more of the awards than any other Belgian actress.

She made her debut in cinema with the director Agnès Varda with two movies : Sept pièces (1984) and Vagabond (1985). In 1989 she joined Jérôme Deschamps and Macha Makeieff's troupe, of which she became one of the stars, especially with the TV programme, Les Deschiens. She played La Levaque in Germinal (1993) directed by Claude Berri, a concierge in the film Amélie (2001) and Mama Chow in Micmacs (2009) (both directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet), a mime in Paris, Je T'aime (2006) and a lovesick woman in Vagabond (1985) directed by Agnes Varda. She make her directional debut with the movie When the Sea Rises, in which she also starred and she is the co-writer. The movie is really loved by the critics and Yolande Moreau won two César Awards for Best Debut and Best Actress. Moreau stars in the French horror thriller film The Pack, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.[1] Her 2013 film Henri was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Year Title Author Director Notes
1981-83 Sale affaire du sexe et du crime Yolande Moreau Yolande Moreau Festival du Rire de Rochefort - First Prize
1989 Lapin chasseur Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff
1992 Les pieds dans l'eau Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff (2)
1994 C'est magnifique Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff (3)
1997 Les Précieuses ridicules Molière Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeieff (4)
2007 Sale affaire du sexe et du crime Yolande Moreau Yolande Moreau Nominated - Molière Award - Best One Man Show



Year Title Role Director Notes
1984 7p., cuis., s. de b., ... à saisir Yolande Agnès Varda Short
1985 Vagabond Yolande Agnès Varda (2)
1989 Le jour de congé Carole Laganiere Short
1991 Navarro The Maid Gérard Marx TV Series (1 Episode)
1992 My Wife's Girlfriends The Concierge Didier Van Cauwelaert
1993 Germinal La Levaque Claude Berri
Son of the Shark The Driver Agnès Merlet
Loonies at Large Bus's Driver Marco Pico
La lettre inachevée Lydia Chantal Picault TV Movie
1995 The Horseman on the Roof Madame Rigoard Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Happiness Is in the Field Lucette Étienne Chatiliez
The Three Brothers The Shop Owner Didier Bourdon & Bernard Campan
Maigret Madame Popineau Pierre Joassin TV Series (1 Episode)
L'avocate Marie-Jo Philippe Lefebvre TV Series (1 Episode)
1996 The Green Beautiful Nicole Coline Serreau
Baloche Jacqueline Van Bersen Dominique Baron TV Movie
Le cheval de coeur Josiane Charlotte Brandstrom TV Movie
1997 An Air So Pure Laure Surville Yves Angelo
Tout doit disparaître Irène Millard Philippe Muyl
1998 Let There Be Light Contractual God Arthur Joffé
Full Moon Marie Rochat Fredi M. Murer
Le choix d'une mère Mme Parmentier Tommy Collins & Jacques Malaterre TV Movie
1999 Merci mon chien Marie-Do Philippe Galland
L'Ami du jardin Miss Pogut Jean-Louis Bouchaud
Le Voyage à Paris The Baker Marc-Henri Dufresne
Premier Noël The Teacher Kamel Cherif Short
2001 Amélie Madeleine Wallace Jean-Pierre Jeunet
The Milk of Human Kindness Babette Dominique Cabrera
Sa mère, la pute Annie Brigitte Roüan TV Movie
1993-2002 Les Deschiens Yolande Jérôme Deschamps & Macha Makeïeff TV Series
2002 A Piece of Sky Madame Pasquier Bénédicte Liénard
Step by Step Chantal Bex Philippe Blasband
Le Champ dolent, le roman de la terre Louise Hervé Baslé TV Mini-Series
2003 Welcome to the Roses Marsanne Francis Palluau
Body to Body The Teacher François Hanss
Joséphine Joël Vanhoebrouck Short
Grand ciel Colette Noël Alpi Short
2004 When the Sea Rises Irène Yolande Moreau & Gilles Porte César Award for Best Actress
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur - Best Actress
Nominated - Joseph Plateau Award for Best Belgian Actress
Folle embellie Hélène Dominique Cabrera (2)
La vie est si courte Hervé Baslé (2) TV Movie
2005 The Axe The Post Clerk Costa-Gavras
Ze Film The Kodak's Woman Guy Jacques
Bunker Paradise Claire Stefan Liberski
2006 Locked Out Gina Albert Dupontel
Paris, je t'aime The Mime Sylvain Chomet
Call Me Elisabeth Rose Jean-Pierre Améris
Au crépuscule des temps Margoline Ekh Sarah Lévy TV Movie
Le Cri Marie Hervé Baslé (3) TV Mini-Series
2007 Vous êtes de la police ? Christine Léger Romuald Beugnon
The Last Mistress Countess of Artelles Catherine Breillat
2008 Séraphine Séraphine Louis Martin Provost César Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Lumières Award for Best Actress
Dublin Film Critics' Circle - Best Actress
Newport Beach Film Festival - Best Actress
Cairo International Film Festival - Best Actress
Étoiles d'Or - Best Actress
Nominated - European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
A Day at the Museum Madame Stenthels Jean-Michel Ribes
Louise Hires a Contract Killer Louise Ferrand Benoît Delépine & Gustave Kervern
Mia and the Migoo The Sorceress Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Villa Marguerite Adèle Grandclément Denis Malleval TV Movie
Festival de la fiction TV de La Rochelle - Best Actress
2009 Incognito Madame Champenard Éric Lavaine
Micmacs Mama Chow Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2)
La Véritable Histoire du chat botté The Queen Pascal Hérold, Jérôme Deschamps (2)
& Macha Makeïeff (2)
2010 Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque) Fréhel Joann Sfar Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress
Mammuth Catherine Pilardosse Benoît Delépine & Gustave de Kervern (2) Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Actress
The Pack La Spack Franck Richard
Ya basta! Benoît Delépine & Gustave de Kervern (3) Short
Le grand restaurant A client Gérard Pullicino TV Movie
2011 The Long Falling Rose Mayer Martin Provost (2) Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Actress
2012 Not Dead Punk Girl's Mother Benoît Delépine & Gustave de Kervern (4)
Camille Rewinds Camille's Mother Noémie Lvovsky Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominayed - César Award for Best Supporting Actress
In the House Twins François Ozon
Cendrillon au Far West Felicity Pascal Hérold (2)
Dessine-moi un bouton Candy Seller Gary Lebel Short
2013 Henri Aunt Michelle Yolande Moreau (2)
9 Month Stretch Bob's Mother Albert Dupontel (2)
2014 Ablations Wortz's Assistant Arnold de Parscau
Brèves de comptoir Madame Lamelle Jean-Michel Ribes (2)
2015 Travel to China Liliane Rousseau Zoltan Mayer
The Brand New Testament God's Wife Jaco Van Dormael
The Childhood of a Leader Mona Brady Corbet
April and the Twisted World Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci
Clim Arts Terrae Daniel Schick TV Movie
2016 Crash test Aglaé Marcelle Eric Gravel
One Life Stéphane Brizé


Year Title Role Box Office Notes
2004 When the Sea Rises Director & Writer $2,989,470[3] César Award for Best First Feature Film
Louis Delluc Prize for Best first Film
Paris International Cinema Meeting - Audience Award
Nominated - European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year
Nominated - Joseph Plateau Award for Best Belgian Screenplay
2013 Henri Director & Writer $1,073,475[4] Gijón International Film Festival - Best Film
Nominated - Cannes Film Festival - SACD Prize
Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Film
Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Director
Nominated - Magritte Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated - São Paulo International Film Festival - Best Feature Film


Movies starring Yolande Moreau with more than a million of entries in France.

Films Director Year France (entries)
1 Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet 2001 8,636,041
2 The Three Brothers Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan 1995 6,897,098
3 Germinal Claude Berri 1993 6,161,776
4 Happiness Is in the Field Étienne Chatiliez 1995 4,931,618
5 The Horseman on the Roof Jean-Paul Rappeneau 1995 2,552,695
6 9 Month Stretch Albert Dupontel 2013 2,070,776
7 Micmacs Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2) 2009 1,258,804
8 Incognito Eric Lavaine 2009 1,250,138
9 Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Joann Sfar 2010 1,199,451
10 In the House François Ozon 2012 1,195,518
11 Vagabond Agnès Varda 1985 1,080,143


  1. ^ The Pack Too Crazed for Cannes?
  2. ^ "List of films in Cannes Directors' Fortnight". Cannes. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
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