I think the poetry in violence is part of my work,' Variety quoted her as saying, when she was asked about her role in the 2001 movie Malèna.On starring in Irreversible a year later - which saw her character brutally raped - she said: 'When the film came out in Cannes, it was a scandal in some ways. Today it’s a cult movie, and young students study it at university.' Over the summer, Monica had a busy season promoting her film On The Milky Road.
As well as co-producing, the actress plays Nevesta alongside Serbian actor Emir Kusturica in the three-part narrative, which follows the life of a man and his country, from war, to when he falls in love and his eventual transition into hermit monk.
It is her first screen outing since her role as assassin's widow Lucia Sciarra in Spectre, where she enjoyed a steamy romp with Bond, played by Daniel Craig.
She's rightfully lauded by legions of fans for her age-defying good looks.
And Monica Bellucci, 52, didn't miss the opportunity to parade her remarkable figure as she strolled through Nice Airport in the South of France on Monday ahead of the glamorous Cannes Film Festival.
The 52-year-old Italian-born actress was a vision as she stepped out onto the stage to receive the festival's highest honour in a flowing pink chiffon gown.