World Movies celebrates the career of one of the most prolific French character actors in film history – Gérard Depardieu. Having filmed approximately 170 movies since 1967, national treasure, Depardieu is a relentless, critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning film star.
Our throw-back begins with Jean-Luc Godard’s 1993 fantastical exploration of God’s relationship with man, Oh, Woe Is Me (Sunday 4 September, 7.05pm) with Depardieu playing Simon Donnadieu, a man whose body is taken over by God in order to make love with his beautiful wife, Rachel.
Inspired by true events, our next Depardieu classic, Welcome to New York (Sunday 11 September, 6.20pm) is a cautionary drama of politics and lust, tracking the fate of a powerful international banker whose reputation begins to crumble after he’s accused of raping a hotel maid.
In a hilariously satirical take on the war between the sexes and classes, Depardieu plays Catherine Deneuve’s husband in François Ozon’s 2010 comedy Potiche (Sunday 18 September, 6.45pm).
Finally, Depardieu stars in Bertrand Blier’s wildly erotic romantic comedy How Much Do You Love Me? (Sunday 25 September, 6pm), playing a gangster who lays claim to a beautiful Italian sex worker (Monica Bellucci), stealing her from a desperately bored and lonely office worker who is pretending to have won the lottery.
Don’t miss WM Focus On: Gérard Depardieu, 6pm Sundays in September on World Movies.