She has done some interesting things to prepare for a role. To channel an Afrikaaner poet in John Boorman's In My Country (2004) set in post-apartheid South Africa, she took up African tribal dancing. To achieve melancholy stillness for her role in Blue (1993) she took a course of ahem, enemas.
Binoche's acting career has spanned many years and she has achieved a best supporting Academy Award for her role as a Canadian nurse caring for Ralph Fiennes's burn victim in The English Patient. Receiving this accolade from Hollywood did not stop her from continuing to seek other fields for her film choices.
In her 40-film career she has always expanded her repertoire. She has been a vamp, an innocent, sexually repressed Tereza in The Unbearable Lightness of Being and a voracious sex siren in Malle's Damage. Between acting in film she has performed on West End and Broadway stages.