first impressions: MARION COTILLARD
Lori Bellian in Highlander, Ep. 1.21 – “Nowhere to Run” (1993)
Before she became an Oscar winner for her performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose , Marion Cotillard made a substantial appearance in the hilariously over-acted Highlander television series. Now, I’m no avid fan of the show, so I had to read up on the back-story. In this particular episode, Cotillard plays Lori, the stepdaughter of an immortal who is raped by the son of a fellow immortal. And Mr. Highlander himself is caught in the crossfire, as he’s friends with the accused’s poppa. Ms. Cotillard gives a nice enough performance as a fresh-faced 17-year-old, and her otherwise difficult time with English is handled with relative ease. She eventually avenges her rape, in a dramatic, fog-ridden swordfight/gunfight climax. As an added bonus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Anthony Stewart Head has a guest appearance as well, playing the father of the rapist.
Second Impression: A year later, Cotillard’s second effort was in film, starring in a French movie, The Story of a Boy Who Wanted to Be Kissed .