Reece Witherspoon, who played in both Wild and Big Little Lies, took to Twitter on Monday to express her feelings: “My heart is shattered. I adore you, my buddy.”
According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Vallée’s “His brilliance and passion for filmmaking and narrative were unrivalled.
“Through his labour and art, he left an indelible impression upon Quebec, Canada, and the globe.”
Vallée, who was born in Montreal, started his career directing music videos before going into cinema in 1995 with his breakthrough thriller Black List and then the highly acclaimed coming-of-age feature C.R.A.Z.Y. in 2005.
Three Oscar nominations were given to his 2009 film The Young Victoria, which starred British actress Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
But Dallas Buyers Club, the poignant tale of Ron Woodroof, who sold experimental medications to fellow Aids sufferers in Texas, became possibly his most well-known work in 2013.
Stars The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best original screenplay, and Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both gave Oscar-winning performances.
‘I went almost hyper,’ McConaughey says.
The piracy lawsuit against Dallas Buyers Club has been dropped.
The ‘hardest’ job of Witherspoon’s career
Vallée directed Reese Witherspoon in Wild the following year, based on the bestseller novel about a former heroin addict who attempts to reclaim her life by trekking and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
He collaborated with her again on HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding directing on a limited series, movie, or special.
Beautiful Jean-Marc Vallee. The world has lost one of our great and purest artists and dreamers. And we lost our beloved friend. Our hearts are broken. pic.twitter.com/v9WXikI48e
Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley starred as five California-based women who get engaged in a murder investigation in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning miniseries, which was based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book.
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Can’t believe it. Jean-Marc Vallée was a prodigious talent, and the only filmmaker to both open (DEMOLITION) and close (THE YOUNG VICTORIA) the Toronto International Film Festival. I’ll miss his fire. https://t.co/MCrHJQJvGg
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Vallée then directed Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson in another HBO series, Sharp Objects, on which he also served as an executive producer.
“A bright, passionately driven director, a genuinely exceptional artist who filled every scene with a very visceral, emotional honesty,” HBO said of him.
In a statement, the network continued, “He was also a profoundly loving guy who engaged his full self alongside every performer he directed.”
“We are heartbroken to learn of his untimely demise, and we send our condolences to his kids, Alex and Émile, as well as his extended family and long-time producing partner, Nathan Ross.”
Vallée stated what he enjoys most about creating movies and TV series in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. He described it as “the dream.” “It is possible for dreams to come true. Right now, I’m living the dream.”
The Toronto International Film Festival’s CEO, Cameron Bailey, paid homage to the filmmaker, calling him “a remarkable talent.”