Considered one of the best post-New Wave French film directors whose work included the films My Favorite Season and Wild Reeds.
He attended a Catholic boarding school where he was only allowed to leave on Sundays at which time he would go to the local cinema.
His 1994 film Wild Reeds won numerous Cesar Awards, including Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Film.
His family owned a business that made agricultural equipment.
His 1998 film Alice and Martin starred the popular French actress Juliette Binoche.