Born into a film family, French film and stage actress Marie Trintignant made her screen debut at the tender age of four in her mother Nadine Trintignant’s film ‘My Love, My Love’ in an uncredited role in 1967. She then went on to appear in more films (all directed by her mother) like ‘It Only Happens to Others’ (1971), ‘Défense de savoir’ (1973) and ‘The Honeymoon Trip’ (1976) as well as in an episode of tv series ‘Her Ladyship the Judge (1978)’ (1978) before tasting critical success in the crime drama ‘Serie Noire’ (1979). Based on Jim Thompson's novel ‘A Hell of a Woman’, this movie was directed by Alain Corneau and had her in the role of Mona, a teenage girl who is being forced into prostitution by her own aunt. Over the next few years, she appeared in the comedy drama 'La terrazza' (1980), the adventure drama 'First Voyage' (1980), the drama 'Un matin rouge' (1982), the fantasy drama 'The Islands' (1983), the drama 'L'été prochain' (1985), the crime film 'Widow's Walk' (1987) and the romance comedy drama 'La maison de Jeanne' (1988). In addition, she also worked in an episode each of tv series 'Cinéma 16' (1984), 'Médecins des hommes' (1988), 'Sueurs froides' (1988) as well as a television movie 'La garçonne' (1988). The year 1988 also saw her in Claude Chabrol's historical romance drama film 'Une Affaire de Femme' (‘Story of Women’) wherein she played the role of a young prostitute (Lulu/Lucie) in wartime Vichy France. Her work in the film bagged her a nomination at the prestigious ‘César Award’ in the category of best supporting actress.
In 1989, Marie Trintignant worked in an episode of ‘Les jupons de la révolution’ and followed it up with three film releases in 1990. These were the fantasy comedy drama ‘Wings of Fame’, the romance drama ‘Summer Night in Town’ and the adventure comedy romance ‘Alberto Express’. In 1991, she lent her voice in Leos Carax directed romance drama film ‘The Lovers on the Bridge’ and the following year once again collaborated with Claude Chabrol for the film adaptation of Belgian writer Georges Simenon’s novel ‘Betty’. The psychological drama movie with the same name as the novel had her playing the title role of Betty Etamble, a young alcoholic and self-destructive woman. It bagged her the best actress award at the 1992 ‘Taormina International Film Festival’.
Her film releases in the year 1993 include ‘L'instinct de l'ange’, ‘Wild Target’, ‘Les marmottes’ and ‘Hoffman's Hunger’. Her portrayal of the character Lucie in Élie Chouraqui directed romance comedy drama film ‘Les marmottes’ got her second nomination at the ‘César Awards’ for Best Supporting Actress. In 1995, she starred alongside François Cluzet, Guillaume Depardieu and Judith Henry in Pierre Salvadori's black comedy film 'The Apprentices'. Additionally, she also starred in ‘Runaways’ a drama film directed by her mother and co-starring Irène Jacob, Nicole Garcia and Stefano Dionisi. The following year, Marie Trintignant played the roles of Evangile in the comedy film 'News from the Good Lord', Marie Benjamin in the romance drama film 'Le cri de la soie', Ponette’s mother in the drama film 'Ponette' and Nina in the romance comedy film 'Shadow Play'. Amongst these, the Yvon Marciano directed ‘Le cri de la soie’ once again got her nominated at the ‘César Awards’ – this time for best actress.
The next couple of years, she was seen in the comedy 'Les démons de Jésus' (1997), the thriller drama 'Le cousin' (1997) and the crime comedy 'White Lies' (1998). The last two films won her two more ‘César Award’ nominations – for best supporting actress and best actress respectively. The decade of 1990s also saw Marie Trintignant in several television movies including ‘Le misanthrope’ (1994), ‘Rêveuse jeunesse’ (1994), ‘Arrêt d'urgence’ (1995), ‘Le secret d'Iris’ (1996) and ‘L'insoumise’ (1996). In addition, she also worked in an episode of tv miniseries ‘La famille Sapajou’ (1997).
She continued to work in both films and television in 2000s with her film releases including Alain Bévérini’s crime drama ‘Total Kheops’ (2000), Lionel Delplanque’s horror thriller ‘Deep in the Woods (2000), Élie Chouraqui’s romance war drama ‘Harrison's Flowers’ (2000), Alain Corneau’s adventure comedy ‘The Prince of the Pacific’ (2000), Luciano Emmer’s romance comedy ‘A Long Long Long Night of Love’ (2001) and Philippe Boon and Laurent Brandenbourger’s comedy drama ‘Dead Man's Hand’ (2002). In the year 2000, she also acted in a tv miniseries ‘Victoire, ou la douleur des femmes’ (directed once again by her mother) which bagged her the ‘Golden FIPA’ TV Series and Serials: Actress award at the ‘Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming’. The series has an IMDB rating of 7.1/10. During this period, she additionally lent her voice in the animation adventure drama movie ‘Corto Maltese: Secret Court of the Arcanes’ (2002).
Few of Marie Trintignant’s films and television projects came out post her death on 1st August 2003. These included Claire Devers adventure drama film 'Lost Seamen' (2003), Samuel Benchetrit comedy movie 'Janis and John' (2003) and Anne Théron drama film ‘Ce qu'ils imaginent’ (2004). Her final work, the television miniseries ‘Colette, une femme libre’ (2004), was directed by her mother Nadine Trintignant and had her in the title role of French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. The series once again got her the ‘Golden FIPA’ TV Series and Serials: Actress award at the ‘Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming’.
An Italian drama centred on an encounter between a group of friends and colleagues on a terrace in Rome. In the days that follow, some of the lesser known details of their personal lives begin to reveal themselves.
It Only Happens to Others is a French drama film which revolves around Catherine and Marcello, who are living secluded in their house, as they are unable to accept the loss of their nine-month old child.