Lesbian fans of French film already know Cécile de France.
She won a César award, the French version of an Oscar, for her role in L’Auberge Espagnole — in which she played lesbian Isabelle. She returned for the 2005 sequel, Les Poupées Russes, to reprise the role and, despite the movie’s somewhat lukewarm reception, turned in a strong and sexy performance that earned another César. And yes, the role portrayed Isabelle as a fully realized — and fully lesbian — character, complete with a love life.
De France also played a lesbian in Haute Tension, a tribute to American slasher movies. (The AfterEllen.com review contains major spoilers.) That film perpetuated the violent lesbian cliché, to be sure, but we can’t deny that de France looks hot in badass mode.
Starting Friday, U.S. audiences will get a chance to see why de France has worked steadily in Europe for over a decade. De France stars with Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s latest film, Hereafter.
If you’ve watched any TV lately, you’ve seen the trailer for Hereafter – it’s everywhere. The story centers on three people whose experiences with death have them looking for answers about the afterlife. De France plays Marie LeLay, a journalist who is overtaken by a tsunami and has a near-death experience, complete with white light.
The movie charts Marie’s journey from cynic to open-minded believer. She told io9: