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Emmanuelle Riva is a Actor French born on 24 february 1927 at Cheniménil (France)

Emmanuelle Riva

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Birth name Paulette Riva
Nationality France
Birth 24 february 1927 at Cheniménil (France)
Death 27 january 2017 (at 89 years)

Emmanuelle Riva ([emanɥɛl ʁiva]; born 24 February 1927) is a French actress, best known for her roles in the films Hiroshima mon amour and Amour.

In 2013, Riva won the BAFTA Award and the César Award for her lead role in Michael Haneke's Amour as Anne Laurent, and was nominated for the Academy Award for the same role. She had previously been nominated for a BAFTA Award in 1960 for Hiroshima mon amour, and had won Best Actress at the Venice Film
Festival in 1962 for Thérèse Desqueyroux.


She was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, France. She grew up in Remiremont. Riva was the only child of Jeanne (née Nourdin) who descended from a family of Lorrainian and Alsatian farmers and Alfredo Riva, an Italian sign painter from Lombardy.

Riva moved to Paris at the age of 26 in 1953 from her home in rural France to become an actress, despite opposition from her family. She started her acting career on the Paris stage after having trained as a seamstress. She never married and has no children. She lives in Paris. She speaks French and some Italian but not English and has never performed in English.

Best films

Amour (2012)
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
Risky Business (1967)

Usually with

Julie Delpy
Julie Delpy
(2 films)
Wojciech Has
Wojciech Has
(2 films)
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Emmanuelle Riva (56 films)

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Lost in Paris
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard, Bruno Romy, Isabelle de Hertogh
Roles Martha
Rating62% 3.14893.14893.14893.14893.1489
Fiona, bibliothécaire canadienne, reçoit une lettre d'appel au secours de sa tante Martha, âgée de 88 ans, installée à Paris depuis une cinquantaine d'années et à présent harcelée pour être placée en maison de retraite.
Marie and the Misfits
Directed by Sébastien Betbeder
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Pierre Rochefort, Vimala Pons, Eric Cantona, André Wilms, Emmanuelle Riva, Damien Chapelle
Roles Suzanne
Rating62% 3.101953.101953.101953.101953.10195
Antoine (romancier), Siméon, Oscar (somnambule et musicien), se retrouvent sur une île au bout de la terre pour y suivre Marie.
Tu honoreras ta mère et ta mère, 2h15
Directed by Brigitte Roüan
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about children, Films about families
Actors Nicole Garcia, Éric Caravaca, Patrick Mille, Michaël Abiteboul, Gaspard Ulliel, Élisa Tovati
Roles Granny

Jo est une mère méditerranéenne jusqu’au bout des ongles. Tous les ans, elle rassemble ses quatre fils et leurs tribus, fils qui viennent se soumettre à ses caprices pour des vacances en bord de mer sur une île des Cyclades.
Michael H - Profession: Director, 1h32
Origin German
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Michael Haneke, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Susanne Lothar
Roles Herself
Rating69% 3.4815653.4815653.4815653.4815653.481565
Le film présente le cinéaste autrichien Michael Haneke par le biais d'interviews du réalisateur ainsi que quelques-uns des acteurs qui ont marqué son œuvre. Le documentaire s'attarde et analyse principalement la méthode de travail du réalisateur, sans évoquer ni sa vie privée, ni son interprétation de ses films.
Amour (2012)
, 2h6
Directed by Michael Haneke
Origin Austria
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Vieillesse
Actors Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Rita Blanco, William Shimell, Dinara Droukarova
Roles Anne Laurent
Rating78% 3.9489353.9489353.9489353.9489353.948935
After residents of an apartment building complain of a weird smell coming from one of the apartments, the brigade of firemen and police break down the door of the apartment in Paris to find the corpse of Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) lying on a bed, adorned with cut flowers.
Skylab (2011)
, 1h53
Directed by Julie Delpy
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Julie Delpy, Éric Elmosnino, Aure Atika, Noémie Lvovsky, Bernadette Lafont, Emmanuelle Riva
Roles Jean dit Jacquot
Rating63% 3.1975953.1975953.1975953.1975953.197595
L'action se passe en juillet 1979, pendant les quelques jours où la France a craint la chute de la station spatiale Skylab sur son sol. Une grande famille se réunit pour un week-end d'été dans sa maison de campagne. Le film recrée l'atmosphère de l'époque, les conversations entre adultes ou entre enfants... En particulier, on suit le point de vue d'Albertine, une jeune fille de 11 ans, et sa découverte des émois de l'adolescence.
The Great Alibi, 1h33
Directed by Pascal Bonitzer
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Crime
Actors Pierre Arditi, Caterina Murino, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Lambert Wilson, Anne Consigny, Miou-Miou
Roles Geneviève Herbin
Rating54% 2.7109252.7109252.7109252.7109252.710925
Dans la demeure cossue d’un notable de province, le sénateur Henri Pages, la maîtresse de maison reçoit des convives pour le week-end. Pierre, médecin brillant et coureur impénitent, est venu accompagné de son épouse effacée ; il se retrouve sous le même toit qu’Esther, son amante. Il y a là également Philippe, écrivain alcoolique, et Marthe, une amie de la famille. Une invitée de dernière minute sème le trouble dans la maisonnée : il s’agit de Lea, une actrice italienne qui a eu une liaison passionnée avec Pierre.
A Man and His Dog, 1h49
Directed by Francis Huster
Origin France
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Hafsia Herzi, Francis Huster, Max von Sydow, Jean Dujardin, José Garcia
Roles Femme église
Rating60% 3.001483.001483.001483.001483.00148
Charles is an old retiree who lives in a maid's room in the house of his lover, a rich widow. He is forced out onto the street with his dog after the widow breaks off the relationship, as she decides to marry again. With no home nor way to make money, they wander the streets of Paris.
My Son
My Son (2006)

Directed by Martial Fougeron
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children
Actors Nathalie Baye, Olivier Gourmet, Marie Kremer, Emmanuelle Riva, Victor Sévaux, Valentine Stach
Roles la grand-mère
Rating67% 3.3943753.3943753.3943753.3943753.394375
The mother intercepts and destroys letters from Julien's girlfriend and does not allow him to see her. He is not allowed to wear clothing he gets from his grandmother or buys with his own money. She rejects angrily a gift from the boy. She enters the bathroom while he is naked, when he covers his genitals she demands that he exposes them. She asks him to lie to his soccer trainer about why he can't come to a training session, in order that she and the boy can be together. Also she does not tell him about the death of his beloved grandmother until after the funeral. Julien's father is always busy with his work and supports his wife's behavior. Only Julien's elder sister is concerned about the negative effect of the mother's behavior on Julien's well-being, but the parents refuse to listen to her. Nevertheless the mother also sometimes shows some kind of love for Julien: she likes dancing with him in the living room, playing soccer with him, and going together to the swimming pool. She often comes to his school to discuss Julien's progress. However, Julien's school achievements deteriorate. At school the mother tells the teacher that she does not know what the problem is. Julien secretly goes to his girlfriend's party. His parents go the girl's house to take him home. Julien's sister phones him to warn him that they are on their way. Julien hurries back home on his bike. The parents meet him, grab him and put him in the car, leaving his bike on the road. At home Julien is beaten by his mother. He alarms the police and tells that he may commit suicide. Four police officers arrive at the house. Reluctantly the mother lets them talk with him in a separate room. Julien does not fully speak out. The police check his arms and trunk for physical harm but do not see anything. They leave. Julien is punished by the removal of most of his possessions from his room, and by giving him limited access to his room. Julien gets an alarm gun from his schoolmates and threatens his mother with it. However, she is not impressed. Then he threatens her with a small knife, and she dares him to kill her. At last he stabs his mother. A scene already shown in flash-forward at the start of the film is repeated, in which somebody is taken on a stretcher from the house to an ambulance; now it turns out that it is the mother. A voice-over tells that she survives and does not blame her son.
Green Paradise, 1h38
Directed by Emmanuel Bourdieu
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Natacha Régnier, Denis Podalydès, Clovis Cornillac, Emmanuelle Riva, Caroline Proust, Catherine Salviat
Roles La mère de Lucas
Rating62% 3.146633.146633.146633.146633.14663
Lucas est un jeune sociologue, qui revient dans son village d'origine du Béarn pour réaliser une étude sur le célibat paysan. Il retrouve alors, lors d'un bal, deux amis d'enfance. Isabelle habite Paris et s'est mariée, Simon est resté au village pour exploiter avec sa mère la ferme familiale. Pourtant ils s'aiment toujours, et Lucas décide de les rapprocher à nouveau, sans s'apercevoir que c'est de lui qu'Isabelle tombe amoureuse.
C'est la vie, 1h54
Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Jacques Dutronc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Emmanuelle Riva, Jacques Spiesser, Annie Grégorio, Marilyne Canto
Roles Dominique
Rating68% 3.4400453.4400453.4400453.4400453.440045
Dans un centre médical spécialisé où les patients incurables viennent finir leur vie, un nouvel arrivant, Dimitri, la cinquantaine avancée, se lie avec Suzanne, une soignante trentenaire qui se dévoue aux malades depuis le décès de son mari. Ces deux blessés par la vie vont faire un bout de chemin ensemble jusqu'à ce que Dimitri s'éteigne en paix auprès de Suzanne, que cet amour aura régénérée.
Venus Beauty Institute, 1h45
Directed by Tonie Marshall
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about the labor movement
Actors Nathalie Baye, Jacques Audiard, Tonie Marshall, Bulle Ogier, Samuel Le Bihan, Marion Vernoux
Roles Tante Lyda
Rating63% 3.195073.195073.195073.195073.19507
Angèle is a 40-year-old beautician who works at the title establishment in Paris. She has been an orphan from the age of eight, her father having killed her mother for suspected infidelity, and then killed himself when her infidelity was proved untrue. She picks up men to have short sex flings, but no longer believes in love, having hurt her former boyfriend, Jacques, whom she occasionally contacts out of loneliness, but who is never available at the same time as her. An unkempt younger man, Antoine, sees her at a cafe as she is being dumped by her latest fling, and falls in love with her. He stands outside the beauty shop to watch for Angèle, follows her to a café and declares his love for her, but she for once is lost for words and does not immediately return his feelings. Antoine also reveals that despite his feelings for her, he is engaged, but feels he is drifting away from his fiancée. However, despite her refusal to believe in love, Angèle gradually falls for Antoine.
XXL (1997)
, 1h35
Directed by Ariel Zeitoun
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about the labor movement
Actors Michel Boujenah, Gérard Depardieu, Elsa Zylberstein, Catherine Jacob, Gina Lollobrigida, Maurice Chevit
Roles Sonia Stern
Rating40% 2.042352.042352.042352.042352.04235
Alain Berrebi directs with his sister Lorène, a company of ready-to-wear in the Path. Their business is booming to the point to consider acquiring a nearby shop. Fortunately, it belongs to David Stern, the father of his fiancée Arlette. The case seems about to arrive when Mr. Stern learns that Baptiste Bourdalou, who once saved his life from death camps during World War II, has died ...
A Shadow of a Doubt, 1h47
Directed by Aline Issermann
Origin France
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Mireille Perrier, Alain Bashung, Sandrine Blancke, Michel Aumont, Emmanuelle Riva, Josiane Balasko
Roles Grandmother
Rating62% 3.147123.147123.147123.147123.14712
Alexandrine, douze ans, porte plainte contre son père pour inceste, mais revient sur ses propos. Elle fait alors une fugue avec son petit frère.