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Creator / Jean-Marc Vallée

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Jean-Marc Vallée (March 9, 1963 - December 26, 2021) was a Canadian director, writer, producer, and editor from Quebec.

He is best known for films such as C.R.A.Z.Y., The Young Victoria, and Dallas Buyers Club which received 6 Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Film Editing, which he himself was nominated for under the pseudonym John Mac McMurphy. He also directed Wild, beginning a working relationship with Reese Witherspoon. He ventured to television with Big Little Lies, garnering critical acclaim and winning several awards for his direction, including Emmys for Best Directing in a Limited Series/TV Movie and Best Limited Series.


Tropes from his works

  • Anti-Hero: He specialized in flawed, dysfunctional protagonists who are faced with circumstances beyond their control and become different people by the end.
  • Central Theme: Life can be hard and stressful but love will help you through it all.
  • One-Word Title: Wild and Demolition. C.R.A.Z.Y. is more initials than a word.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: His work firmly sits on the idealistic end of the spectrum and doesn’t let up.