The Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, learned of the disappearance of Jean-Louis Trintignant with great sadness. Legendary actor in theatre and cinema, he has evolved the representations of the modern man, away from the established canons of a certain starized masculinity. Jean-Louis Trintignant has developed fascinating characters, not hesitating to go into complex or dark roles. His melancholy, his delicacy, his correctness have marked our culture forever.

With more than a hundred films, Jean-Louis Trintignant won over the public in 1956 with his role in And God... created the woman and entered the history of cinema with A man and a woman by Claude Lelouch, Palme d'or in Cannes in 1966.

Jean-Louis Trintignant made his debut in 1951 on the stage that he always loved and found after the death of his daughter, Marie. In 1956, his love character transit Brigitte Bardot in And God created the woman, A film made mythical by Roger Vadim, reveals it to the public.

The 1960s marked his «Italian period» and the great Franco-Italian co-productions. He made about thirty films including The Braggart of Dino Risi, Italian murder by Gianni Puccini, with Emmanuelle Riva, or The Conformist, one of his most beautiful roles, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

French cinema is not left out: Jean-Louis Trintignant finds Anouk Aimée, with whom he shared the poster ofIl Successo of Dino Risi, in A Man and a Woman, by Claude Lelouch. It is the absolute consecration. The film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Film (1967), and brought the actor to the fore. 

He then turned to political and committed films. Prix d'interprétation masculine at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in Z, Costa-Gavras masterpiece, alongside Yves Montand, he plays the same year a Catholic tempted by infidelity in the wonderful My Night at Maud’s by Éric Rohmer, where he gives the reply to Françoise Fabian.

Refusing to be catalogued in a single type of role, Claude Berri (I love you), Michel Deville (Deep waters), François Truffaut (Look forward to Sunday!), André Téchiné (Appointment) offer him mysterious, ambiguous or fragile characters. He plays an ex-alcoholic in The Woman of my life by Régis Wargnier, a Machiavellian architect in Bunker Palace hotel of Enki Bilal or a lousy and aging crook in Watch the men fall by Jacques Audiard. In 1994, his character as a misanthrope investigating judge in Three colors: Red, the last part of the trilogy by Krzysztof Kieślowski, marked our minds.

In 1998, he toured with Patrice Chéreau in Those who love me will take the train, who wins three Caesar. He will give the replica to daughter Marie several times during their respective careers, notably in the films directed by Nadine Trintignant: My love, my love, honeymoon and Next summer.

At his death, Jean-Louis Trintignant stopped his acting career in favour of the theatre where he recited the poems of Jacques Prévert, Guillaume Apollinaire or Boris Vian. Michael Haneke manages to make him find the way to the cinema ten years later to Love, alongside Emmanuelle Riva, who won the Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscar for best foreign film and earned Jean-Louis Trintignant the César for best actor in 2013. He plays again for the Austrian filmmaker in Happy End, before finding Claude Lelouch and Anouk Aimé in The Best Years, epilogue ofA Man and a Woman.