Jean-Pierre Bacri, the French actor and screenwriter known for his collaborations with Agnès Jaoui, has died at the age of 69. He died of a fight against cancer according to several French reports which cited his agent Anne Alvares-Correa.
Bacri broke out on stage and on screen in the 1980s, most notably in Luc Besson’s 1985 thriller Metro alongside Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert. It was during this decade that he also met Jaoui for the first time, and the duo would continue to have a dynamic creative partnership that spanned films, including the Multi-Cesar Award. Smoking / No smoking, family similarities and The taste of Others, the latter also being nominated for the Oscar for foreign language films in 2001.
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The duo’s work for the stage was also greatly appreciated, with their piece Kitchen And Outbuildings then winning a Molière Award before adapting it to the big screen. Their writing has also won awards at Cannes and the European Film Awards.
On screen, Bacri was known to play gruff characters, but generally with a touch of humanity. “In my eyes, I’ve always played different roles. Afterwards, I am not a smiling guy and what I am, like my way of seeing life, passes through the screen. Gay things don’t interest me, I prefer anti-heroes, ”he said. The Parisian in an interview in 2017.
Tributes to Bacri arrived on Twitter, in particular from Cannes President Pierre Lescure and French President Emmanuel Macron:
The taste of life…
The meaning of life…
Extreme dignity, at the end of the road …
– Pierre Lescure (@pierrelescure) January 18, 2021
He had a sense of celebration and a taste for others. Jean-Pierre Bacri, the most tender of our moaners is gone.
Like an image, his laconic and sensitive humanity continues to populate our lives. pic.twitter.com/lq8TCgR5Vh
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 18, 2021