Kristin Scott Thomas OBE (born 24 May 1960) is an Academy Award-nominated English actress.
Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall. Her father was a pilot for the Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964, and she is the older sister of the actress Serena Scott Thomas. She is the niece of Admiral Sir Richard Thomas, who was Black Rod in the House of Lords, and a more distant grand niece of Capt. Robert F. Scott, who was the ill fated explorer who lost the race to the South Pole. Her last name is an amalgam of the last names of those two families.
Scott Thomas's childhood home was Dorset, England. Her mother remarried another Royal Navy pilot, who also died in a flying accident six years after the death of her father. Scott Thomas was educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College, and on graduation attended drama college. But on being told she would never be a good enough actor, she left at the age of 19 to work as an au pair in Paris.
Speaking French fluently, she studied...
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Keeping Mum is a 2005 British black comedy film starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Maggie Smith.
In the opening scene a pregnant young lady called Rosie Jones (Emilia Fox) is traveling by train, and her very large case starts leaking blood. When questioned by the police she reveals that the two dismembered bodies inside are her unfaithful husband and his mistress. She is then sentenced by the judge (Roger Hammond) to a secure unit for the criminally insane.
Forty-three years later, in the village of Little Wallop, a vicar (Rowan Atkinson) is very busy writing the perfect sermon for a conference, and does not fulfill the sexual needs of his wife Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas). Gloria has an affair with her golf instructor, Lance (Patrick Swayze), who also practices voyeurism: video-taping her daughter Holly undressing from outside. Holly (Tamsin Egerton) frequently has a new boyfriend, with one of whom she noticeably makes love in a minibus in front of the house. Son...,
Chromophobia is an ensemble film which debuted at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival in France. The films crew was made up of a brother-sister trio - Martha Fiennes wrote and directed in the film, Ralph Fiennes starred in the film, and Magnus Fiennes conducted the music for the film. The film was shot entirely in Great Britain and the Isle of Man.
Chromophobia takes a look at several people and relationships. These people are very wealthy and have become so obsessed with their wealth and material objects they are very detached from more important things in life. The things they choose to reject in their pursuit for the finer things in life include friendship, their own children, love, and integrity. At one point or another in the movie, each character begins to realize and then face their problems and in a sense their lives come crashing down. The characters then begin to see if they can get their lives back and carry on with a new look.
Arsène Lupin is a 2004 movie directed by Jean-Paul Salomé, and starring Romain Duris, Eva Green, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mathieu Carrière and Pascal Greggory among others.The film follows Arsene Lupin from a small boy through the death of his father and his later years where he meets the strange woman Josephine who appears to be immortal and has a drug which makes people her slaves. His ethos is to steal from the rich and other crooks and he comes up against a secret society and Josephine who are after stealing three crucifixes which will reveal the secret of a lost treasure.After many adventures, Lupin eventually finds the treasure and the truth about his father. The film has a strange ending where some years later, Lupin prevents Josephine from using one of her dupes to blow up the Archduke Ferdinand (his assassination triggered WWI) and suddenly the film ends without more explanations.It is a co-production of France, Spain, Italy and the UK....,
Gosford Park is an award-winning 2001 film, directed by Robert Altman. The screenplay is by Julian Fellowes, based on an idea by Altman and producer Bob Balaban. It features an ensemble cast including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jeremy Northam, Bob Balaban, Ryan Phillippe, Stephen Fry, Kelly Macdonald, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Eileen Atkins, Emily Watson, Camilla Rutherford, Tom Hollander, Alan Bates, Derek Jacobi, and Richard E. Grant.
The film is set in 1932 at an English country house. A party of wealthy Britons and Americans, all accompanied by their servants, gather at the home of Sir William McCordle for a weekend of pheasant shooting. A murder occurs in the middle of the night. The Plot presents the murder from the perspective of the servants. But rather than a simple mystery to be solved, the film uses the whodunit format to create a drama showcasing the tensions of the British class system. Many intertwining subplots detail the complex...,
Life as a House is a 2001 film starring Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Hayden Christensen. Directed by Irwin Winkler and written by Mark Andrus, the film involves the metaphorical and emotional underpinnings of demolishing and reconstructing a house. The film is set in picturesque Rancho Palos Verdes, California and is notable for its dramatic use of the coast and of sunsets.
Kevin Kline plays George Monroe, who is fired from his job as a fabricator of architectural models and is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He enlists the help of his reluctant and rebellious son Sam, played by Hayden Christensen, to demolish the shack that George inherited from his abusive father and build an elegant home in its place. During this experience, George reconnects with his son and his divorced wife Robin, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie is a source of discovery both for George and Sam. Sam in particular changes from a rebellious drug abusing teen into something more closely...
Random Hearts is a 1984 novel by American author Warren Adler that was made into a 1999 American motion picture drama and romance.
Vivien Simpson and Edward Davis had never met before, but soon they would be inseparable. Their respective spouses had been carrying on an affair for some time. The affair abruptly ended when their plane to Miami crashes moments after take off. Vivien believed her husband was off to Paris for business. Edward thought his wife was in L.A. Once the bodies are identified, the knowledge they were traveling together is imparted on Vivien and Edward.
They are consumed with curiosity, but no one is alive to answer the most simple of questions; how long it had gone on, where they had met, and why would they lie? All that remains of the love affair is a set of nearly unidentifiable keys. Neither Vivien nor Edward knows what they belong to. More than anything else, they want to know. Compelled by misplaced anger and grief, they center their lives around...,
The Horse Whisperer (1998) is a movie directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented trainer with a remarkable gift for understanding horses, who is hired to help an injured teenager (played by Scarlett Johansson) and her horse back to health following a tragic accident.Teenager Grace MacLean (Johansson) and her best friend Judith (Kate Bosworth) sneak out of the house early one winter's morning to ride their horses. As they are riding up an icy slope, one of the horses falls, dragging both horses and girls onto a road where a truck appears, resulting in a horrific collision. Judith and her horse (Gulliver) are killed, while Grace and her horse (Pilgrim) are both severely injured.Grace eventually recovers physically, though she is left permanently disabled by a partial leg amputation and remains listless and psychologically scarred. However, her horse is traumatized and uncontrollable to the extent where it...,
Amour et confusions is a French film which was released in 1997. It stars Patrick Braoudé, Kristin Scott Thomas and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi....
The English Patient is a 1996 film adaptation of the novel by Michael Ondaatje. The film, directed by Anthony Minghella, won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Ondaatje worked closely with the filmmakers to preserve his artistic vision, and has stated that he is happy with the film as an adaptation.
The film is set during World War II and depicts a critically burned man, at first known only as 'the English patient', who is being looked after by Hana, a French-Canadian nurse in a ruined Italian villa. The patient is reluctant to disclose any personal information but through a series of flashbacks, viewers are allowed into his past. It is slowly revealed that he is in fact a Hungarian geographer, Count László de Almásy, who was making a map of the Sahara Desert, and whose affair with a married woman ultimately brought about his present situation. As the patient remembers more, David Caravaggio, a Canadian thief, arrives at the monastery. Caravaggio lost his thumbs while being...,
Microcosmos (original title Microcosmos: Le peuple de l'herbe — Microcosmos: The grass people) is a documentary film by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou produced by Jacques Perrin. This film is primarily a record of detailed insect interactions set to the music of Bruno Coulais.,
Angels & Insects is a 1996U.S.romance and drama film directed by Philip Haas. It was written by Philip and Belinda Haas with A. S. Byatt after her novella Morpho Eugenia.
William Adamson (Mark Rylance), a poor naturalist, returns home to Victorian England after having spent years along the Amazon River studying all kinds of animals, mainly insects. William is penniless, having lost all his possessions during shipwreck. Nevertheless he manages to befriend Sir Harald Alabaster (Jeremy Kemp), an amateur insect collector and botanist. Sir Harald hires William to teach his younger children about insects, assisting their nanny, Matty (Kristen Scott Thomas). He strikes up a flirtation with Sir Harald's daughter, Eugenia (Patsy Kensit), who is still mourning the suicide of her fiance. The two quickly fall in love and decide to marry. Sir Harald and his wife Lady Alabaster eagerly grants their approval of the match. However, Eugenia's older brother Edgar (Douglas Hensall)takes an intense...,
Mission: Impossible (1996) is the first movie based on the television series Mission: Impossible. It was directed by Brian De Palma and starred Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt. The movie was the third highest grossing of the year. It was followed by 2000's Mission: Impossible II and 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is an agent who serves as a point man on a squad of intelligence operatives known as IMF, which is headed by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). The movie begins with the team assembling for a mission in Prague to stop a traitor from stealing the Non-official cover (NOC) list—a comprehensive list of all IMF agents in Eastern Europe which includes their call signs and their real names. The mission goes inexplicably wrong, apparently resulting in the assassinations of nearly the entire team, including Phelps, leaving Hunt the sole survivor.
Fleeing the scene, Hunt sets up a rendezvous with Agent Kittridge (Henry Czerny), a member of the CIA, at a café where he...,
Richard III is a 1995 film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Richard III, starring Sir Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Nigel Hawthorne, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dame Maggie Smith, and John Wood.
The film relocates the play's events to a fictional version of England in what appears to be a fascist-inspired 1930s. Albeit including many historical anachronisms, the film's timing is easily recognizable to viewers.
The film's concept was based on a stage production directed by Richard Eyre for the Royal National Theatre, which also starred McKellen. The production was adapted for the screen by McKellen and directed by Richard Loncraine.
The film is notable for its unconventional use of famous English landmarks, often using special effects to move them to new locations. The transformed landmarks used include the following:
Perhaps the play's most famous line—"A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"—was recontextualised by the new setting; during...
Bitter Moon is a 1992 film starring Hugh Grant (Nigel), Kristin Scott Thomas (Fiona), Emmanuelle Seigner (Mimi) and Peter Coyote (Oscar). Directed by Roman Polanski. The film is also known as Lunes de fiel in France. The script is inspired by a book with the same name, written by the French author Pascal Bruckner. The score was composed by Vangelis.
A very prim and proper British couple, Fiona and Nigel, are on a Mediterranean cruise ship to Istanbul, en route to India. They encounter another couple on the ship, the seductive French woman Mimi and her paraplegic American husband Oscar, who is a failed writer.
The story unfolds as Oscar invites Nigel to his cabin where he recalls in a series of episodes, how he and Mimi met on a bus in Paris and fell in love, and then how their relationship went horribly wrong.
During a series of flashbacks, Oscar recounts how his and Mimi's love takes a darker turn. They explore bondage, sado-masochism, urolagnia, and voyeurism. Slowly their self...,
Under the Cherry Moon is a 1986 movie directed by and starring Prince and Time member Jerome Benton as gigolos who swindle beautiful French women. The situation gets complicated when Christopher Tracy (Prince) falls in love with Mary (Kristin Scott Thomas). Mary's father (Steven Berkoff) also disapproves of the romance and provides an excellent adversary for Tracy.
The movie was released in processed black-and-white but was filmed in color. It was filmed on location in Nice, France, partly to ensure that there was good weather for filming and also to ensure that Prince was free of American film unions. The movie attempts to combine different styles and themes, including a musical, romantic comedy and drama. The film's soundtrack album, Parade, was generally much better received (particularly in Europe) than the film itself, and featured the hit single "Kiss".
At the time of its release in 1986, many critics were expecting, in one form or another, a direct sequel to Purple Rain....
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Up at the Villa is a 1941 novella by William Somerset Maugham about a young widow caught between three men: her suitor, her one-night stand, and her confidant. A fast-paced story, Up at the Villa incorporates elements of the crime and suspense novel.The action takes place in the late 1930s. 30 year-old Mary Panton, whose extraordinary beauty has always been one of her greatest assets, has been a widow for one year. Her late husband Matthew, whom she married when she was 21 because she was really in love with him, turned out to be an alcoholic, a gambler, a womanizer, and a wife-beater. However, Mary Panton patiently endures all the hardship and pain inflicted on her by her husband (including him having sex with her while drunk). When he drinks and drives he has a car accident and eventually, a few hours later, dies in Mary's arms. This, she concludes, is a blessing for both of them.The Leonards—a couple who never appear in the novella—offer her their 16th century villa on a hill above,