‘Big Little Dies’ Director Jean-Marc Vallee Dies at 58

Jean-Marc Vallee, director, and producer who has earned multiple Oscar nominations, died at 58.

His representative Bumble Ward said Vallee died suddenly in his cabin outside Quebec City, Canada, over the weekend.


For years, Vallee has been acclaimed for his natural approach to filmmaking, directing stars like Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

In 2009, he directed Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria, and earned six academy awards nominations for the film Dallas Buyers Club, winning the best film and screenplay award.

Vallee launched into television by producing and directing two projects for HBO, the dramatic series Big Little Lies and the mini-series Sharp Objects.

McConaughey tweeted, “With a gentle hand and heart, Jean-Marc was a true receiver. He did not romanticize life so much as he saw life romantic, from the struggle to the pain to the wink and the whisper; love stories were everywhere in his eye.

Vallee often shot with natural light and with portable cameras, giving actors the freedom to improvise from the scenario and move within a scene.

In a 2014 interview with the Associated Press, Vallee said, “They can move anywhere they want. I try not to interfere too much and don’t need to cut performances. It gives importance to storytelling, emotion, and characters.


Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister, tweeted, “Jean-Marc Vallee’s passion for filmmaking and storytelling was unmatched, so too was his talent. Through his work and art, he left a mark in Quebec, across Canada, and worldwide.