My Lunch With Fabrice

Fabrice Luchini arrives fashionably late for our lunch date at the Ritz bar. He is wearing a black sweatshirt, black trousers and a 24-hour stubble — a little touch of bohemian chic that stands out smartly among the designer suits and Hermès scarves.

Typical. Luchini always seems like the odd man out — the box office success who prefers 400-seat theaters to megabudget films, the high-school dropout who knows all the great French literary classics by heart, the 21st-century movie star whose greatest passion is reciting the works of long-dead writers. If Gérard Depardieu is France's best-known...

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