Quotes by Isabelle Huppert

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A film is the reflection of the soul of its creator, more...

If I seem detached or distant, it's because I think this is a more exact reproduction of life, where you hide as much as you show. When I see a scene in which feelings get loudly exteriorized, I say to myself, 'Well, at least this never happens to me.' I very rarely go through this type of expression. Most of the time things are hidden or at least much more subdued. more...

Acting is a way of living out one's insanity. more...

I like to take these unusual characters and then make them as normal as possible, because we all know that the tragedy and the abnormal always hides itself behind the normal. more...

My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew, and they didn't want anything to do with anything. more...

Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to be for as short a time as possible but, once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure. One evening out of two there are five minutes of a miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again. It's like a drug. more...

It really helps you to go through difficult situations by just thinking about it as being a big amount of work which you have to solve how to do. For example, I don't feel very inspired when I act, I just act. That's it. more...

Even for the most difficult scenes, and there are difficult scenes in the film, and because Michael Haneke is such a great film-maker - I think a great film-maker is not only being inspired, but how to do it, how to make it as real as possible, knowing that it's not real. more...

For an actress there is no greater gift than having a camera in front of you, listening to the most beautiful music in the world and just being looked at! more...

In a very complex way, things have improved in the dramatic field. Before you had the good and the bad and you couldn't mingle them. Now it's more ambiguous. more...

The Greeks already understood that there was more interest in portraying an unusual character than a usual character - that is the purpose of films and theatre. more...

But it wasn't just a technical approach towards the piano, studying the music for this film was also a way of approaching the soul of the film, because the film is really about the soul of Schubert and the soul of Bach. more...

But on the whole, nothing requires unbearable energy for me, it's just a normal thing. more...

But theatre is always a difficult experience. more...

For a long time I have compared cinema to music, I think cinema has a lot to do with the rhythm of music. more...

Going through this musical experience really helped us to understand the core of the film. more...

I did a film very quickly, and then a lot of work for television, and then I did stage work. more...

I never wondered whether I should be a stage actress or a movie actress. more...

Perhaps Europeans are a bit more skeptic whereas Americans are more believers. more...

When you come to do the film, it is not the time to wonder why you do it. It's just how to do it. more...

But someone like Claude Chabrol tries to make a connection between the society in which we live and the social reasons which make monsters out of some people. more...

Firstly I did it in this huge theatre in Avignon, then to smaller places, then bigger places. You have to change the volume of the voice, give more or less. The way you have to relate to space makes it like sculpture. more...

For me, making films is like being on vacation, it's a nice walk. But theatre is like mountaineering. You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top. more...

I don't know if you ever say to yourself that you want to be an actress. It eventually becomes a social function - you are an actress and you make a living out of it, but at the beginning it's more a matter of how to survive, or how to exist in a certain way. more...

I think being an actress is more how to cope with the fact that you can't do anything else than to express a talent. It's a way of being untalented for anything. more...

Once you have made the decision to do the film, once you have identified the desire and all the deep and personal, intimate, artistic reasons why you want to do the film, then it's more a matter of how to do things. more...

Yes, he wanted me to do Funny Games before, which I didn't want to do because the film was very theoretical - the way people experience violence on screen. There was very little space for fiction, it was more like a sacrifice for the actors than anything else. more...

I don't get many good offers. I like to follow the same kind of path I follow in France. If I don't feel the movie is very original or has a good amount of potential, I don't do it. In the films I've done I can feel I'm part of a specific universe, but those sorts of opportunities are quite rare. more...

I never wondered whether I should be a stage actress or a movie actress more...

In a very complex way, things have improved in the dramatic field. Before you had the good and the bad and you couldn't mingle them. Now it's more ambiguous more...

Once you have made the decision to do the film, once you have identified the desire and all the deep and personal, intimate, artistic reasons why you want to do the film, then it's more a matter of how to do things more...

For a long time I have compared cinema to music, I think cinema has a lot to do with the rhythm of music more...

But someone like Claude Chabrol tries to make a connection between the society in which we live and the social reasons which make monsters out of some people more...

Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to be for as short a time as possible but, once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure. One evening out of two there are five minutes of a miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again. It's like a drug more...

The Greeks already understood that there was more interest in portraying an unusual character than a usual character - that is the purpose of films and theatre more...

I don't know if you ever say to yourself that you want to be an actress. It eventually becomes a social function - you are an actress and you make a living out of it, but at the beginning it's more a matter of how to survive, or how to exist in a certain way more...

For me, making films is like being on vacation, it's a nice walk. But theatre is like mountaineering. You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top more...

I think being an actress is more how to cope with the fact that you can't do anything else than to express a talent. It's a way of being untalented for anything more...

But on the whole, nothing requires unbearable energy for me, it's just a normal thing more...

It really helps you to go through difficult situations by just thinking about it as being a big amount of work which you have to solve how to do. For example, I don't feel very inspired when I act, I just act. That's it more...

Even for the most difficult scenes, and there are difficult scenes in the film, and because Michael Haneke is such a great film-maker - I think a great film-maker is not only being inspired, but how to do it, how to make it as real as possible, knowing that it's not real more...

But it wasn't just a technical approach towards the piano, studying the music for this film was also a way of approaching the soul of the film, because the film is really about the soul of Schubert and the soul of Bach more...

When you come to do the film, it is not the time to wonder why you do it. It's just how to do it more...

I like to take these unusual characters and then make them as normal as possible, because we all know that the tragedy and the abnormal always hides itself behind the normal more...

Firstly I did it in this huge theatre in Avignon, then to smaller places, then bigger places. You have to change the volume of the voice, give more or less. The way you have to relate to space makes it like sculpture more...

But theatre is always a difficult experience more...

I think movies say a lot [about real life], even more than theater. It says a lot about the invisible, that movies are so fascinating. The camera lens is like a microscope that goes beyond the surface. It's like you're exploring a secret, so you explore the director's secret, you explore the actor's secret, and therefore you explore the universe's secrets. more...

There are many different ways of being funny. I'm not sure that there's so many different ways of being dramatic. more...

The choosing of a role is so difficult for me. That's the real challenge: to choose the role, not to do the role. Once you've chosen them, the process is much easier. more...

Some roles are easier to choose, some roles are more difficult because they are more daring. Sometimes you have to dare. more...

Sometimes you don't really understand the characters you do. I don't need to. Most of the behavior is obscure and I don't mind that. On the contrary, it's a fuel for me, to find out who the character is. As the spectator is finding out, I find out about the character myself. more...

A script is a very rough material in a way. Whatever questions you might have regarding the script, you might find the beginning of the answers in the book. more...

I was raised and I was going to school in the suburbs of Paris. And so we, I didn't really go to the riots, to the barricade. I was too young, actually. Rather young. more...

Well, my mother, she made me apply for a school where I was supposed to learn how to type. She said, well, instead of going to demonstrate she should at least [learn], because, everything was on strike. So we had to learn something in the meantime. more...

I never had any barriers coming from my family. Just encouragement. more...

I was the youngest of five, and I think my mother always knew I was meant to be an actress. more...

Sometimes maybe children also fulfill their parents' secrets desire. more...

Like all school students, I think I did a play in my school. The common things, I would say. Nothing really exceptional. more...

Am I an intellectual? I don't think so. Less than people sometimes think, I have to say. But more than some others think. more...

I don't think I'm that intellectual. more...

I know some real intellectual people who might laugh, very close friends who might laugh when I'm said to be an intellectual. more...

Sometimes, an actress maybe knows how to think. more...

When you're an actress you are in a very specific position, cerebrally, I would think you know. You are a thinking person but you are in a certain perception of the world between really being conceptual and completely stupid. So you are in between, with a lot of intuition and instinct. And that's not completely being intellectual because I think intuition is more blurred. It comes from intuition. Instinct. More than really reasoning. more...

We all pretend to be very strong, and then in a fraction, you can just break down, at least for me. more...

Balzac, you know, our great Balzac, he wrote interesting things about how in literature you keep distance in order to express great feelings. You have to keep a distance - and it's exactly the same with acting. more...

One job is to be an actor, the other job is to be a spectator. more...

By definition, acting is improvisation, even if you follow the lines. You invent what you do, when you do it. more...

What people think improvisation is and non-improvisation is, it's nothing to do with what you like or dislike. It's all about how it happens with certain directors and certain scenes. That's the way it works. It's not something, in general, that you can decide. more...

To be "here and now," in principle, is just for once. And then you have to repeat that. more...

To me acting and doing movies is really strongly about the present time. It's all about when you do it. It's to create this feeling of extreme awareness and concentration. Because it doesn't happen without an extreme concentration, when you are completely immersed and focused on that. more...

To be a great director, what does it mean exactly? It's not only about a great director, but also about being able to rely on the very special chemistry that goes between them. It not only has to be a great director, but the great director has to make his relationship to you, the actor, very special. more...

Of course you have to create the conditions of a certain belief. And maybe ignoring something that you don't want to see, at least for the time of the shooting. more...

I always thought that's the exact metaphor, the perfect metaphor for acting. To go blind, to ignore the danger, and to totally trust. more...

I saw Chekhov a number of times in English, and I thought that it translates very well in English, for some reason, from the Russian to the English. more...

When I hear myself, I don't know how I sound. more...

I don't have time, because I still have so many films to see. more...

You don't want to cry over yourself, you don't want to have compassion about yourself. It's not the right place. more...

Sometimes over the years, you know, things come to surface. more...

I think that a sense of humor of an actor comes through most of the time. Maybe some actors have less than others, and I have it, I think. It's my nature. more...

If on paper one would say, "You're gonna spend three weeks in Death Valley," you say, "No, I'm not going to be able to." Very often, very quickly you forget about it. more...

It was sometimes 60 degrees [Celsius], but it's very strange, cinema makes you forget reality most of the time. You are more concerned about your inner feelings, or your work. more...

One would expect an actress to stand onscreen mostly as a caricature. If she would say, "I'm selling shoes," you would believe her. She says it and it creates this fiction, non-fiction perception of the film. People believe it because she says it. If she said, "I'm a butcher," people would believe it too, I think. more...


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