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 .

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