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At her best, Adjani was always a victim going over the edge of sanity, and that seems to match Truffaut's account of her at work
It has never been safe to predict what Isabelle Adjani was going to do, or why. In 1974, François Truffaut was planning to make The Story of Adele H, about a daughter of Victor Hugo who falls in love with a young army officer and goes mad in her efforts to get him to return the love. He wanted someone new for the lead role, and was intrigued by Adjani in a recent hit comedy called La Gifle. Adjani was 19 and ravishing; but she was under contract as a stage actress to La Comédie-Française.
Truffaut pursued her. The theatre company declined to release her. The matter went to law. Adjani stayed quiet – but in the end she had her way. She would do Adele H. Truffaut »
- David Thomson
Updated through 5/17.
Let's note right off the top, first, that the title's derived from the director's misspelling of "Police" and that the final "e" has been dropped for the English-language version. And second, that critics are split. We'll start with pan but work our way up.
"Polisse, a self-important French police procedural that feigns complexity while relishing in cliché, could very well be the worst film I see at Cannes this year," predicts Glenn Heath Jr at the House Next Door. "Supposedly based on the true stories of the Parisian Child Protective Unit, director Maïwenn Le Besco's film abrasively documents the professional and personal lives of the special police force tasked with arresting those who prey on the young…. As a social mosaic, Polisse is an insulting simplification of truly horrific issues like child rape and sex trade."
More predictions, these from Jonathan Romney in Screen: "It should flourish in France, »
Shooting has officially commenced on director Iain Softley’s (Backbeat) new film Trap For Cinderella. The film is a contemporary psychological thriller set of the French Riviera. Take a look at the synopsis and full release below…
London, UK… 6 May 2011 – Iain Softley’s Trap For Cinderella has started principal photography and is shooting on location for six weeks in London and the south of France. Trap For Cinderella is financed by Prescience, the BFI and LipSync. Newly formed Ealing Metro is handling international sales.
Rising British actors Tuppence Middleton (Skeletons) and Alexandra Roach (soon to be seen as the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady) headline the cast which features supporting roles from Kerry Fox (Bright Star) and Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).
- Paul Heath
3 items from 2011
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