Le revers de la médaille

Juliette Binoche, one of France’s finest quality contemporary actresses, was born on March 9, 1964. She has been nominated for or won numerous top awards, including an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1996 for one of my favorite films, The English Patient, based on the absolutely magnificent book by Michael Ondaatje. Four years she was nominated again for Chocolat with Johnny Depp.  Her French language films have been a more mixed bag of critical and box office successes along with efforts that went quietly away.

Today’s expression, le revers de la médaille (luh ruhvehr duh lah maydeye) literally means “the other side of the medal.” We’d say, “there’s two sides to every coin,” as in the great and not so great successes in the career of an actress who’s as talented as she is beautiful.

The English Patient

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French and English teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France.
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