Ancient student of L'Idhec.
Brother of Fabrice Desplechin.
Brother of writer Marie Desplechin.
He began as cameraman for a friend, Eric Rochant, on the shooting of a short-film, "Comme les doigts de la main" ("Like hand's fingers"). Also for Rochant, he wrote the screenplay of "Un monde sans pitié" ("A Pitiless World").
Complete retrospective at the 40th Pesaro Film Festival; June 25th-July 3rd 2004, Pesaro (Italy)
Complete retrospective at the Sala Trevi and Villa Medici; May 2006, Rome (Italy)
Brother of writer Raphaëlle Desplechin.
Father of a son (born 2006).
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 69th Cannes International Film Festival in 2016.
He directed 5 movies that were screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival: The Sentinel (1992), My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument (1996), Esther Kahn (2000), A Christmas Tale (2008) and Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian (2013). None of these movies received a single award from the jury.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 67th Venice International Film Festival in 2010.