By TIME Photo
September 30, 2015

As Marion Cotillard turns 40, she’s in an enviable position. The French actress hasn’t just evaded typecasting—she manages to surprise fans with each new role.

Part of it is that she has next to no actual persona: Cotillard reveals little about her life in the press, preferring to dig deep into work with some of the world’s top directors. She also tends to veer from what’s expected of an Oscar-winner, taking on projects smaller or stranger than her contemporaries might. Here are some of the roles that have defined her as indefinable.

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