Mathieu Kassovitz in 10 films

French actor Mathieu Kassovitz stars in the original thriller Nobody from Nowhere by Matthieu Delaporte, whose 2012 feature film, What’s in a Name, was a huge success.

The film explores identity and depersonalisation disorder through a character who adeptly assumes other peoples’ identities and behaves “like a serial killer who never goes through with the crime.” Kassovitz brings something remarkable to this role and is supported by Marie-Josée Croze.

Given Nobody from Nowhere’s place amongst seven other films as part of the Men on the Edge line-up (from 4 April), we reflect on the 10 other films which have marked this committed director and versatile actor’s career; the career of an uncompromising man:

La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995

Three friends from an ordinary suburb are going to have the most important day of their lives following a night of riots. Filmed in black and white and starring Vincent Cassel (Beauty and the Beast, The Monk), amongst others, La Haineis considered a classic city film and has been praised both nationally and internationally, notably by Jodie Foster.

A Self Made Hero by Jacques Audiard, 1995

Set during the winter of 1944-1945, Mathieu Kassovitz plays a man who didn’t take part in the Second World War but passes himself off as a hero by inventing an admirable life.

The Crimson Rivers by Mathieu Kassovitz, 2000

In this thriller, adapted from Jean-Christophe Grangé’s best seller of the same name, two policemen (Vincent Cassel and Jean Reno) accept two complicated cases, but the terrible truth will be much more than they can imagine...

Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001

Amélie, a character full of life, falls in love with the mysterious prince charming, Nino Quincampoix, played by Mathieu Kassovitz; a brilliant production that was nominated for an Oscar in 2002. 

Amen by Costa-Gavras, 2002

Mathieu Kassovitz plays a young Jewish man who, together with a German SS officer, attempts to notify Pope Pius XII and the Allies of the genocide taking place in the concentration camps against the Jews.

Munich by Steven Spielberg, 2006

Mathieu Kassovitz features in the international cast of Munich, alongsideDaniel Craig and Eric Bana. Inspired by real events, Munich recounts the Munich Massacre, when 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage by a Palestinian commando during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. 

Rebellion by Mathieu Kassovitz, 2011

Marking Mathieu Kassovitz’s return, both in front of and behind the camera, Rebellion recounts the epic and violent chaos surrounding the 1988 hostage taking of police officers by Kanak separatists in New Caldedonia. 

Another Woman’s Life by Sylvie Testud, 2012

Marie (Juliette Binoche) wakes up and has forgotten 15 years of her life. She will have just four days to make the love of her life, played by Mathieu Kassovitz, fall in love with her again.

Wild Life by Cédric Khan, 2014

Mathieu Kassovitz is Philippe Fournier. He decides not to take his six and seven year old sons back to their mother, who has custody rights. This begins a life of 11 years of hiding and fleeing across France. The film is the adaptation of a true story.

Le Bureau des Légendes, TV series, 2015

Starring in a new role for the smash hit Canal+ television series, the actor plays a French spy called back to France after a six year stint undercover in Damascus. But the return to ‘normal life’ is more complicated than expected...

01 April 2016, by Cineuropa