Kurys began her career as an actress in Jean-Louis Barrault’s theater company, appearing in several plays, television episodes, and films throughout the early 1970s. Growing increasingly dissatisfied with her career as an actress, Kurys transitioned into work behind the camera in 1977, using grant funds to complete her debut film Peppermint Soda.
The first installment in a semi-autobiographical trilogy (followed by Cocktail Molotov in 1980 and Entre Nous in 1983), Peppermint Soda was France’s highest-grossing film of 1977 and won the Louis Delluc Prize as Best Picture of the Year. The third film in the unofficial trilogy, Entre Nous, starred Isabelle Huppert and won the FIPRESCI Prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Kurys has continued to direct films since the 1990s, culminating in the release of her most recent film, Arrête ton cinema, in 2016.