Aure Atika Biography (1970-)

A lithe, unconventionally attractive dark-haired player of French television and film, owed her exotic look to a slightly unusual ethnic mixture, hailing as she did from a Moroccan mother and a French father. She grew up a Parisian, despite a self-described preference for the environment of Southern France, and for a time seriously considered entering a Japanese culinary school, then toyed with the option of establishing herself as a political journalist. In the end, Atika enrolled in the Ecole du Louvre, but found it an awkward fit, then dropped out and held down a series of random jobs before signing on to work as an for director Virginie Thévenet in the 1992 comedy Sam Suffit. The Thévenet assignment marked the beginning of a long, lucrative, and prolific onscreen career that peaked at the outset of the following decade; key projects included Avi Nesher’s Turn Left at the End of the World (2004), Jacques Audiard’s Fingers remake The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), and vocal work in the animated omnibus feature Fear(s) of the Dark (2007).

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