After studying at La Fémis, Emmanuel Mouret releases Promène toi donc tout nu, his first film, followed by Laissons Lucie faire, two films in which he plays the main character, an awkward lover.
In 2004, Venus and Fleur, a sentimental tale, is presented at Cannes' Director’s Fortnight. Also selected for the 2006 Director’s Fortnight, Change of Address offers another amusing meditation on "obstinate love and the malleability of the heart", in his own words. Shall We Kiss ? (2007), presented in a parallel section at the Venice Film Festival, reunites Virginie Ledoyen and Stefano Accorsi.
After Please, please me ! (2009), he reunites some fifteen frontline actors for his new comedy: The Art of Love. Two years later, Emmanuel Mouret directs Joey Starr in the dramatic romance Another life (2013), in which he returns to his study of the behavior of lovers, as in the romantic comedy Caprice (2015) starring Virginie Efira, Anaïs Demoustier and Laurent Stocker from the Comédie-Française. The film is awarded a Swann d'Or for Best Feature at the 2015 Cabourg Film Festival.
In 2018, he releases his ninth feature film, Lady J, for which he receives a César nomination for Best Adaptation. The film is nominated six times for the 2019 César and wins the César for Best Costume Design.
In 2020, his film The Things We Say, the Things We Do is released, starring Camélia Jordana, Niels Schneider, Émilie Dequenne and Vincent Macaigne. It wins the Lumière for Best Film and the César for Best Supporting Actress for Émilie Dequenne.
His latest feature, Diary of a Fleeting Affair, is selected for the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the César for Best Actor for Vincent Macaigne.