Juliette Binoche, the French actress best known for her Oscar-winning role in The English Patient, has been tapped to portray Pearl S. Buck, the famous American writer and novelist who spent most of her life in China (until 1934) and won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.”
Biopics of female authors are few and far between here’s a sample of the exclusive club this film will join.
The Hours directed by Stephen Daldry (2003)
The Hours, with an all-star cast that included Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep, used Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway as a starting point. This novel, written by the famous British author in the early 1920s, details a day in the life of a woman in post-World War I England.
This film by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Reader) is a three-pronged story focusing on the lives of three separate women: Virgina Woolf (Kidman), as she is writing her novel just after the war; Laura Brown (Moore), who upon reading the novel in the 1950s is inspired to radically change her life; and Clarissa Vaughan (Streep), a contemporary incarnation of the fictional Mrs Dalloway.
The film was nominated for numerous awards, and Kidman took home Best Actress wins at the Oscars, Golden Globes and British Academy Film Awards.
Becoming Jane directed by Julian Jarrold (2007)
In this biopic of Jane Austen, one of the most famous British authors of the 19th century, to whom we owe such classics as Emma and Persuasion, Julian Jarrold focuses on the author’s early life and her relationship with Thomas Lefroy.
Austen’s writings on the uncertainties of love amongst the British aristocracy of the early 19th century have given birth to several movie adaptations over the years, most notably Ang Lee’s Sense And Sensibility with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant, and Joe Wright’s Pride And Prejudice with Keira Knightley.
Miss Potter directed by Chris Noonan (2007)
With this film, the director of Babe chose to focus on the life of Beatrix Potter, the British author famous for her children’s books who initially began her career with engravings and drawings of plants before bringing to life the animals that so fascinated her.
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, one of her first works, published in 1902, set her on a path of success.
Sagan directed by Diane Kurys (2008)
In the late 1950s, the author of Hello Sadness enjoyed a deserved rise to fame and wealth. French actress Sylvie Testud played both a young Francoise Sagan, enjoying her newfound fortune, and her older self, ravaged by drugs and alcohol.
Children Of The Century directed by Diane Kurys (1999)
Her portrayal of Pearl S. Buck will not be the first time that Binoche has played an author. In fact, she also portrayed George Sand in Diane Kurys’ Children Of The Century, a film that dealt with the tumultuous relationship between the author of The Devil’s Pool and the poet Alfred de Musset. — AFP Relaxnews