French film director and author who first gained fame for the film Les Choses de la Vie.
He studied painting and sculpting.
He won the Silver Lion and the Cesar Award for Best Director for the film Un CÅ“ur en Hiver at the Venice Film Festival in 1993.
He was survived by his wife and one son.
He won the Cesar Award for two films, both of which starred Emmanuelle Beart.