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Whirlpool of Fate (1925)

La fille de l'eau (original title)
After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the ... See full summary »

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Virginia Rosaert
Charlotte Clasis ...
Pierre Champagne ...
Maurice Touzé ...
La Fuine
Georges Térof ...
Monsieur Raynal
Madame Fockenberghe ...
Madame Raynal
Harold Levingston ...
Georges Raynal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Derain ...
Patron du 'Bon Coin'
Van Doren ...
Young lover
Pierre Lestringuez ...
Jef
Henriette Moret ...
La Roussette
Pierre Renoir ...
Farmer
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After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the peasants coerce her to flee the peasants' riot. She is then helped by Raynal who falls in love with her but is too shy to tell her. Sheltered by his father, Virginia is robbed by her uncle of the money Raynal gave her to pay the bill in the village. He and his son then start to consider her a thief. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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20 March 1925 (France)  »

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A melodrama:it has its moments
8 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

To try to find some of the seeds which produced Renoir's masterpieces of the thirties is splitting hairs.All we can say is that it shows Renoir's taste for nature ,rivers,country landscapes.

The heroine called Gudule (the name has become completely ludicrous in today's France ;no one is called Gudule anymore)is played by Renoir's favorite actress of the silent era ,Catherine Hessling.Her fate is worthy of Hugo's "les miserables" :mistreated by a wicked lecherous uncle ,taken in by a poacher and his mum, left in the cold and the rain...And finally she finds love :a nice young man falls for her and marries her.His background is very bourgeois ,but the parents do not seem to bother.That is to say we are far from "Boudu Sauvé des Eaux" ,"La Chienne" and even "Une Partie de Campagne" .

Best moment: the heroine's nightmare;people who know well Renoir's silent era will notice the similarities between this sequence and that of "La Petite Fille aux Allumettes" where the little match girl and her attentive escort go for a horse ride in the sky.The comparison stops here for " La Fille de l'Eau' is inferior to the Andersen adaptation.

Actually the main influence is DW Griffith but then again Hessling is not

Lilian Gish.

For Renoir's fans.The others might find it a bit obsolete.


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