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The Story of Adele H (1975)
"L'histoire d'Adèle H." (original title)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  8 October 1975 (France)
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Adèle Hugo's unrequited love for a lieutenant.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt Albert Pinson
Sylvia Marriott ...
Mrs. Saunders
Joseph Blatchley ...
Mr. Whistler
Ivry Gitlis ...
Louise Bourdet ...
Victor Hugo's servant
Cecil De Sausmarez ...
Mr. Lenoir
Ruben Dorey ...
Mr. Saunders
Clive Gillingham ...
Roger Martin ...
Doctor Murdock
M. White ...
Colonel White (as Mr White)
Madame Louise ...
Madame Baa
Jean-Pierre Leursse ...
Black penpusher


Halifax, 1863. A young woman, Miss Lewly, comes to Halifax to search for Lt Pinson, with whom she is madly in love. Actually, she is Adèle Hugo, the second daughter of the great French literary figure and statesman. The Lt Pinson does not answer to her love and makes her understand it is hopeless. But as her obsession grows she keeps chasing and harassing him. This film about passionate yet obsessive love and self-destruction is based upon the real diary of Adèle Hugo. Written by Yepok

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In 1988, Isabelle Adjani played the title role in Camille Claudel (1988), playing another historical character who suffered from schizophrenia. A major scene in that movie depicts the announcement of the death of Victor Hugo, Adele Hugo's father. See more »


The hypnotist has a plant in the audience pretending to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which was not set up until a decade after the story's setting of 1863 See more »


Adèle Hugo: You are so handsome, Albert. You deserve to have all the women on Earth.
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beautiful but tormented
30 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know how historically accurate this film is. However, it is a very powerful performance by Isabelle Adjani. In this movie she is simply one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen.

She plays the tormented daughter of Victor Hugo. She follows her love to Newfoundland, as he has been transferred there by his country's military authorities. He has broken off the engagement. However she pursues him relentlessly.

Very few films can match this one in the portrayal of obsessive love. The scenery is very beautiful and the acting performances very convincing.

I've heard this has been deemed a kind of cult film, for a certain following. I would think it would have broader appeal. It speaks to the hearts of millions of people who have become obsessive in their love for another person who does not return the feeling. A kind of ultimate unrequited love.

I could watch this movie anytime, over and over.

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