Sandrine Bonnaire is an internationally renowned French actress who has appeared in more than 40 films. Her acting career began at the age of 16 in 1983, when she starred in the Maurice Pialat film À nos amours. She played, somewhat autobiographically, a girl from the suburbs beginning her sexual awakening. In 1984 she was awarded the César Award for Most Promising Actress
Her international breakthrough came in 1986 when she played the main character in Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond), directed by Agnès Varda, for which she won her second César Award. She portrays a vagrant who fails both physically and morally. In 2004, she starred in Patrice Leconte's international hit, Intimate Strangers. She recently starred as Félicité in Marion Laine's adaptation of the Flaubert classic, A Simple Heart. HER NAME IS SABINE is her directorial debut.