Bernice Bejo won the best actress prize at the Cannes 2013 Film Festival for her outstanding performance in the movie "The Past". She displayed the strength and weaknesses of her character so well that by the end of the movie, jury member Nicole Kidman, an Academy Award winner, was in tears over her performance.
At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival she will be seen in "The Search", a modern day remake of the 1948 movie by Fred Zimmerman but this one is set in Chechnya. She stars as a worker for a non-governmental organization (NGO) who develops a special mentor relationship with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya.
In this role she shows her strong but sensitive sides as a NGO worker and the question with many entertainment insiders is will her performance in "The Search" resonate with viewers as it did with them in the domestic drama "The Past". Some entertainment insiders believe it will because she is is one of those rare actresses who has the ability to find and explore all the possible dimensions of a character and convey them in such a manner that viewers can relate to her character.
Berenice Bejo is one of the more attractive actresses in film but her performances and the roles she plays allows viewers to not focus on her physical appearance as the connection is made because of the emotional depths she is able to reach. Her ability to draw in a viewer to the point that they are sitting on the edge of their sear wondering what will be her next move has made Berenice Bejo an actress whom many producers want in their films but only few can ever have.
She may not recapture the magic of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival success but there is growing speculation that her performance in "The Search" for director/husband Michel Hazanavicius seen that will be seen at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival will be viewed as of similar quality.