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Whirlpool of Fate (1925)
"La fille de l'eau" (original title)

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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 ... 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
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Patron du 'Bon Coin'
Van Doren ...
Young lover
Pierre Lestringuez ...
Jef
Henriette Moret ...
La Roussette
Pierre Renoir ...
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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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Although a simple story, it's gorgeously filmed and directed--and well worth seeing.
14 July 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film is from the DVD collection from Criterion and it's the earliest of the films by director Jean Renoir in the package. Naturally, being made in 1925 it's a silent film--and it's really one of the better ones from the era. Now this is not because the story has a huge budget or complex plot. No, it's very simple and direct. But, it also is masterfully composed--with some wonderful film work and lots of skill in such a young director.

The story begins with a young lady (Catherine Hessling) living on a barge with her father and uncle. When the father unexpectedly dies, her life falls to pieces as the uncle is scum--complete and total scum. She flees for her life and to avoid being raped and lands in the lap of a 'bohemian' (in this case, really just a thief who shuns work) and you know she can do better. However, when the bohemian and his mother take off, Hessling is all alone and without any resources. What will become of her? Tune in and see for yourself.

The film works well for some reasons other than just the fine direction and cinematography. Hessling's amazing eyes really catch your attention. They practically glow and really give her a gorgeous expression. Also, all the nice location shooting in the countryside was terrific--like a window into a lost way of life. Well worth seeing and well-constructed.


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