“Acting reassures me. It’s a way of fending off our finite nature, having thousands of lives and not dying with just one identity. It’s the best job in the world.”
Agathe Bonitzer owes her film education to her parents: Pascal Bonitzer and Sophie Fillières, both directors. In 1994, at the age of 5, she appeared in Benoit Jacquot’s short film HIV Mother. Two years later she did Raoul Ruiz’ Three Lives and Only One Death.
A few years after that, she decided to become an actress and took part in three shoots in 2003, with her father, the Larrieu brothers and Noémie Lvovsky. In 2008, she starred in Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Person, playing Marie Valois, a modern incarnation of Marie Stuart’s character in La Princesse des Clèves.
After playing this pivotal part, her mother offered her a supporting role in her film Pardon My French, and Jacques Doillon cast her in The Three-Way Wedding. She then nabbed the leading roles in Thierry Binisti’s 2012 A Bottle in the Gaza Sea and Frédéric Videau’s Coming Home. That same prolific year, she appeared in her father’s Looking for Hortense and Guillaume Nicloux’s The Nun.
Since 2013, she has performed in Agnès Jaoui’s Under the Rainbow, Pascal Thomas’ Valentin Valentin, Pascal Bonitzer’s Immediately Now, Ado Arrieta’s Sleeping Beauty and Sophie Fillière’s When Margaux Meets Margaux.
She most recently appeared in Maxime Matray and Alexia Walther’s Blonde Animals, as well as in the Netflix series Osmosis.