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L'Enfer (1994)

L'enfer (original title)
Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to ... See full summary »

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Nathalie Cardone ...
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Marc Lavoine ...
Christiane Minazzoli ...
Mme Vernon
Dora Doll ...
Mme Chabert
Mario David ...
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M. Vernon
Thomas Chabrol ...
Noël Simsolo ...
M. Chabert
Yves Verhoeven ...
Young Boy
Amaya Antolin ...
Mariette
Jean-Claude Barbier ...
M. Pinoiseau
Claire De Beaumont ...
Mme Rudemont
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Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to crumble. Each step on his downward spiral to madness seems to accelerate, driving him further along the path to a personal hell. Finally, the former shell of his personality cracks completely, with tragic consequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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November 1994 (USA)  »

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$194,223 (USA)
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[last lines]
Paul Prieur: What's happening to me? What have I done? Let's see... we're about to go to the clinic... in Clermont. Both of us... but we're still here... just as before. "Just as before" what? I don't know anymore. I'm losing it. I just hope she don't pretend... I need to put my head in order. I need to be careful. I can't... I musn't... never again... No... Let's see...
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The movie closes with a title that reads "No end". See more »

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Remake of Inferno (1964) See more »

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Concerto pour violoncelle op. 104
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by Mstislav Rostropovich
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Great film
9 March 2004 | by (Charlottesville, VA) – See all my reviews

I still think of L'Enfer as a great film, rife with psychological torment and anguish. It may not be Chabrol's best (as others have pointed out), but it is nonetheless very good. This is in my opinion also one of Beart's best performances. The cinematography is terrific, with wonderful contrasts between the idyllic, sun-drenched locale and the dark, tormented and claustrophobic emotional dimension. The plot is somewhat predictable, but the "meat" of the movie is on the psychological development of the main characters, not on "what happens next". Overall, I highly recommend this film to any fan of cinema.


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