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Gabrielle (15)

Director: Patrice Chereau
Starring: Isabelle Huppert,
Pascal Greggory, Claudia Colli
France, 2005, 1 hour 26 minutes, subtitles

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Rich and emotionally complex, this is the story of an unfaithful wife who returns to her husband so stirring up a welter of conflicting emotions in their outwardly perfect marriage. Huppert, the best screen actress in the world, is her usual reliable self while Greggory doesn't put a foot wrong in this faultless adaptation of a Conrad story, set in pre-World War 1 Parisian high society. Like his earlier, La Reine Margot, this bristles with passion and energy, as Chereau shows just how costume drama should be done. Delicious, adult entertainment that tries to unravel the enigma of Gabrielle who says "If I had known that you loved me, I would never have come back."

"A visual feast and an emotional knock out" New York Film Festival

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