One of France's most important Post-New Wave directors, André Téchiné has distinguished himself with elegant films that often delve into the complexities of human emotion and relationships. Known particularly for his ability to draw strong performances out of his female performers, Téchiné has collaborated with some of his country's most respected actresses, including Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, and Isabelle Adjani.
Originally a critic for the legendary Cahiers du Cinéma, Téchiné made his feature directorial debut in 1969 with Pauline S'En Va, which was shown at that year's Venice Film Festival. The film was not actually released until 1975; in the meantime, Téchiné experimented with references to different genres and auteurs in his work. Souvenirs d'en France (1974), which starred Jeanne Moreau as a laundress who works her way up through the social hierarchy, had a distinctly Brechtian imprint, while Barocco (1976), a crime drama starring Isabelle Adjani and Gérard Depardieu, was rooted in expressionist surrealism. Three years later, Téchiné earned acclaim for his attempt at biography, Les Soeurs Bronte. A profile of the famous Bronte sisters, it starred Isabelle Huppert and Adjani, and was screened in competition at Cannes.