Flashback to Paris, 5 May, 1958. Aurélien Recoing, son of the puppeteer Alain Recoing, is born. He begins training to be an actor in 1974 at the Cours Florent, as well as studying at the Quartier d'Ivry. In 1977, the actor-in-training, who speaks fluent English as well as a little Russian, joins the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique in Paris, where he studies under Jean-Pierre Miquel and Antoine Vitez. He appears in more than 30 plays, as well as directing stage performances of works by Thomas Bernhard, Fernando Pessoa and Paul Claudel. In 1989, he receives the Prix Gérard Philipe. In 1980, Aurélien Recoing takes his first steps into the world of cinema, in "Exploits of a Young Don Juan". Finding that art-house cinema appeals to him, he works with Garrel on "Emergency Kisses", and with Laurence Ferreira Barbosa on "Modern Life". The actor rises to fame in 2001 thanks to Laurent Cantet's "Time Out" (L'emploi du temps (2001)), in which he plays a man who invents a false life to avoid having to tell his friends and family that he has been fired from his job. As he becomes more and more in demand, he alternates between blockbusters such as "Ruby & Quentin" and "That Woman" and art-house films like "L'Ennemi naturel" and "Orlando Vargas". Lending his talents to a number of unusual projects, in 2006 he portrays a gamblers in 13 Tzameti (2005), Géla Babluani's black-and-white thriller, and also appears in "Forgive Me", Maïwenn's home-movie style drama. In the same year, the physically imposing actor finds himself transported back to 1914 France in Fragments of Antonin, and then to 1959 Kabylia in Florent Emilio Siri's Intimate Enemies. In 2008, he stars in Franck Llopis's Paris Nord Sud and in La Saison des Orphelins. The following year, he is cast in Gilles Béhat's crime thriller Diamant 13, and in Denis Dercourt's Tomorrow at Dawn. He has recently made appearances in The Horde, directed by Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher, Xavier de Choudens's Joseph and the Girl and Léon Desclozeaux's Cargo, the Lost Men in 2010. You might have seen him in Frédéric Schoendoerffer's Switch, as well as in Olias Barco's Kill Me Please, which won the Grand Prix Marc Aurel d'Or at Rome's International Film Festival. He also appeared in Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Colour", which took the Palme d'Or at Cannes.