6.8/10
723
7 user 16 critic

Gilles' Wife (2004)

La femme de Gilles (original title)
Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her ... See full summary »

On Disc

at Amazon

5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

They recount their impressions to the Interviewer. They met through a magazine ad, She and He. They corresponded through the Internet. He responded to her ad seeking someone to fulfil her ... See full summary »

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne
Stars: Nathalie Baye, Sergi López, Jacques Viala
Tango libre (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A prison guard is attracted to a woman at his weekly tango class. They meet again when she visits her husband in the prison where he works and he is drawn into her complicated romantic life. Meanwhile the prisoners are learning the tango.

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne
Stars: François Damiens, Sergi López, Jan Hammenecker
Combat Girls (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Marisa, a 20-year-old German girl, hates foreigners, Jews, cops, and everyone she finds guilty for the decline of her country. She provokes, drinks, fights and her next tattoo will be a ... See full summary »

Director: David Wnendt
Stars: Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Sayed Ahmad
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

Director: Alante Kavaite
Stars: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute, Jurate Sodyte
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An uptight and conservative woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman who works at a local carnival that comes to town.

Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny
Wrong I (2012)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.

Director: Quentin Dupieux
Stars: Jack Plotnick, Todd Giebenhain, Eric Judor
Kings & Queen (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Geoffrey Carey, Thierry Bosc
Hellion (2014)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob's increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent... See full summary »

Director: Kat Candler
Stars: Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins
Thriller | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hard-working young man meets and falls in love with his sister's bridesmaid. He soon finds out how disturbed she really is.

Director: Claude Chabrol
Stars: Benoît Magimel, Laura Smet, Aurore Clément
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A hired labourer, Joseph, works on a farm inhabited by Monique, a war widow, and Jeanne, her captivating daughter who longs to escape to the big city.

Director: Florence Moncorgé-Gabin
Stars: Catherine Frot, Grégori Derangère, Laura Smet
Love II (2015)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.

Director: Gaspar Noé
Stars: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin
Eager Bodies (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Paul and Charlotte are in love. Charlotte discovers she has a grave malady and Paul supports her. But Paul is also attracted to Ninon, another girl. Charlotte accepts Paul to have an affair... See full summary »

Director: Xavier Giannoli
Stars: Laura Smet, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Marie Denarnaud
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Elisa
...
Gilles
...
Victorine
Colette Emmanuelle ...
La mère d'Élisa
Gil Lagay ...
Le père d'Élisa
Alice Verlinden ...
La jumelle #1
Chloé Verlinden ...
La jumelle #2
Yoann Blanc ...
L'homme à la cigarette
Philippe Jeusette ...
L'ouvrier moqueur
Benjamin Ramon ...
Le jeune danseur
Jean-François Wolff ...
Le patron du café
...
Maréchal
Geoffrey Magbag ...
Le jeune soldat
Virginie Saint-Martin ...
Marthe (as Virginie Saint Martin)
Tim Heep ...
Le fils de Marthe
Edit

Storyline

Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him, suspects during her third pregnancy that he is having an affair with her coquettish younger sister, Victorine. Elise suffers, usually in silence. She listens to her husband rave; she asks her priest; she breaks picture frames; she weeps. She decides on a strategy to keep him. Will she succeed? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Language:

Release Date:

15 September 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Gilles asszonya  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,568 (USA) (18 November 2005)

Gross:

$2,568 (USA) (18 November 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Mon Homme
Music by Maurice Yvain
Lyrics by Albert Willemetz and Jacques Charles
Performed by Mistinguett
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
When the perversion of married love results in the love of perversion in marriage.
13 July 2007 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a hopeless story, but a brilliant film.

By that, I mean it's a cinema-graphic narrative that is bleak to point of utter despair: everything about this exposition of French rural existence of the 1930s leaves very little for the viewer to enjoy -- except for a brief portrait of an idyllic picnic by the lower middle-class family that forms the core of this story.

But, it is also superb film making from the director of A Pornographic Affair (1999), a film I very much admired, when I saw it. This film is much better.

Unlike Affair, where much of the action, shall I say, was behind closed doors and left much to imagination, the director here does the opposite. In fact, it couldn't be more in your face with the very long and often extreme close-ups used to explore the emotions of the aggrieved wife of Gilles, who is a laborer at a local steel mill. I didn't compile a time-scale for on screen presence for each of the three main players, but I'm sure that Elisa (Emmanuelle Devos) has the camera on her mostly with medium, close-up and extreme close-up shots. That's a very difficult piece of acting and Devos's skill is, at times, almost beyond belief.

The story explores the limits of love, using a threesome of the husband, Gilles (Clovis Cornillac), Elisa, and her sister, Victorine (Laura Smet). Gilles lusts after Victorine and the two engage in an incestuous affair; gradually, Elisa learns the truth and – because she loves Gilles so much – she tries to help Gilles get over it all.

But, Gilles is obsessed with Victorine and loses interest in Elisa, despite her unwavering duty as a wife and mother to their three children. She has faith that Gilles will overcome his aberration and is willing to endue his contempt, disinterest and moral degeneracy so that he will eventually see the light, which is she. Or, so she hopes… Gilles, for his own part, sees nothing wrong with his character or behaviour – in effect, a total perversion of logic and love. Elisa, attempting to maintain her bleak, down-trodden and very limited world must accept that logic of perversion or suffer the consequences, whatever they may be. The denouement is therefore unavoidable when Elisa realizes she cannot abide that logic any more. As a viewer, you know that something will break and those final scenes will stay with you for a long time, I think.

The acting is first rate, even down to the children of the family. Devos – not a raging beauty at all, and vaguely reminiscent of Kate Blanchett – is just stunning; her movements, her facial expressions, her limpid eyes are all just perfect in conveying the torment of a wronged wife. Her tragedy, in my opinion, is that she loves too much. Cornillac does an excellent job as the boorish, lustful wannabe lover and husband. Smet is very good as the flighty and fanciful younger sister. I'd not seen any of these actors before; I'll be looking for them again.

The dialog is almost non-existent, as befitting many French films of this genre; nearly all of the real story – Elisa's fight to save her marriage – is exposed with looks, movements, sighs, tears and the never-ending drudge of existence with a jerk for a husband. I can't recall a better film that has portrayed a situation that is probably acted out, in real life, more often than we know or even think.

Matching the overall mood, the mise-en-scene is picture perfect: semi-rural France, small villages and houses, gray skies, rain, snow, mud, filth and dirty sex on the side. Music is muted, for the most part, the exception being at the dance hall where Elisa sees Gilles and Victorine dancing lasciviously to the rural fanfare.

If you want to see marriage in the raw, then this is a film for you. Those, however, who can't bear the thought of facing such issues, even in a fictional setting, are well advised to avoid this one.


27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Gilles Wife has to shre prize at Istanbul writestuff-1
Homage to 'Days of Heaven?' on3gin
Why the film missed for me alrodbel
Discuss Gilles' Wife (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?