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15 September 2004 (France) See more »
Gilles' wife, Elise, who smiles when she thinks of him, cooks and scrubs and cheerfully makes love to him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Emmanuelle Devos ... Elisa

Clovis Cornillac ... Gilles

Laura Smet ... 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

Patrick Quinet ... Maréchal
Geoffrey Magbag ... Le jeune soldat
Virginie Saint-Martin ... Marthe (as Virginie Saint Martin)
Tim Heep ... Le fils de Marthe
Loris Mayer ... Gillou
Nemo Gonzalez ... Gillou
Kayla Missavage ... Gillou
Noah Cauchie ... Gillou
Dylan Rua Machado ... Gillou
Loic Martins ... Gillou
Frédéric Fonteyne ... L'ouvrier ami de Gilles
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dean Constantin ... Dancer Valse / Tango / Java.

Directed by
Frédéric Fonteyne 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Blasband 
Madeleine Bourdouxhe  novel
Frédéric Fonteyne 
Marion Hänsel 

Produced by
Andrea Occhipinti .... co-producer
Patrick Quinet .... producer
Stephane Quinet .... executive producer (as Stephan Quinet)
Olivier Rausin .... executive producer
Christophe Rossignon .... co-producer
Rolf Schmid .... co-producer
Claude Waringo .... producer
Original Music by
Vincent D'Hondt 
Cinematography by
Virginie Saint-Martin 
Film Editing by
Ewin Ryckaert 
Casting by
Kadija Leclere 
Richard Rousseau 
Production Design by
Véronique Sacrez 
Art Direction by
Regine Constant 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Dechesne 
Costume Design by
Agnès Dubois 
Anne Fournier 
Christian Schnezler 
Makeup Department
Fabienne Adam .... assistant makeup artist
Mabi Anzalone .... key makeup artist
Virginie Berland .... assistant makeup artist
Caroline Case .... assistant makeup artist
Lelia Delval .... assistant hair stylist
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Kay Philips .... hair stylist
Frank Van Wolleghem .... hair stylist
Production Management
Aurore Benoit .... assistant unit manager (as Aurore Benoît)
Marc Dalmans .... unit manager
Tom Heene .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sammy Fransquet .... second unit director
Manu Kamanda .... assistant director
Art Department
Fabien Domange .... carpenter assistant
Sven Haerden .... painter
Thierry Houyoux .... head painter
Paddy Patterson .... carpenter
Luc Ridremont .... carpenter
Marc Ridremont .... carpenter
Sound Department
Etienne Curchod .... sound editor
Emmanuel de Boissieu .... re-recording mixer
Philippe Kohn .... boom operator
Franco Piscopo .... sound mixer
Carlo Thoss .... production sound mixer
Carlo Thoss .... sound engineer
Philippe van Leer .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Michel Denis .... visual effects producer
Pascaline Girardot .... stunt double: Emmanuelle Devos
Philippe Morel .... assistant stunt coordinator
Olivier Vitrant .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Antoine Bellem .... gaffer
Tanguy Delhez .... additional electrician
Benoît Deléris .... camera operator
Pierre Dermience .... electrician
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer
Sébastien Tran .... first assistant camera: second unit
Oliver Verdoot .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Francotte .... wardrobe
Sabine Zappitelli .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Jean-Luc Simon .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Marylene Andrin .... location manager trainee
Ambroise Gayet .... location scout
Gilles Thiefain .... location assistant
Christophe Vincent .... location assistant
Transportation Department
Philippe Bonsang .... picture car coordinator
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Francois Muller .... truck driver
Other crew
Angelica Bolognesi Bonacini .... voice actress: Alice Verlinden
Gladys Brookfield-Hampson .... production assistant
Marie De Ridder .... production assistant
Lelia Di Luca .... assistant to producer
Josiane Morand .... script supervisor
Jean Claude Remi .... caterer
Emmanuel Van Melkebeke .... legal counsel
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La femme de Gilles" - Belgium (original title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Brazil:18 | Netherlands:16 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The Title, Sadly, Says It All, 23 October 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

'La Femme de Gilles' ('Gilles' Wife') began as a novel by Madeleine Bourdouxhe and was transformed for the screen by Philippe Blasband, Marion Hänsel and Frédéric Fonteyne who also directs this stunning and controversial art piece. Certainly one of the most visually magnificent films of recent years (cinematographer Virginie Saint-Martin) 'Gilles' Wife' succeeds on every level: the story is unique, the direction is liquid and languorous, and the cast is superlative.

Elisa (the remarkably sensitive Emmanuelle Devos) lives with her husband Gilles in what appears to be a perfect marriage: Elisa is the doting but sincerely in love housewife who spends her days caring for their twin daughters, cleaning house, cooking special meals, canning berry jams, keeping her husband satisfied sexually; Gilles (Clovis Cornillac) appears to be a loving husband, tender with Elisa, enamored with her, and content. Elisa has a younger attractive sister Victorine (Laura Smet) who visits this haven-like household frequently to see her nieces and almost from the start we sense there is an attraction between Gilles and Victorine. Elisa becomes pregnant with their third child and Gilles grows a bit distant. Elisa gradually acknowledges the fact that he is having an affair with Victorine and though hurt by the deception she decides the only way to keep Gilles is to allow him to discuss the matter with her. Patiently she listens to his fears that Victorine may have another lover and in fact allows Elisa to stalk Victorine to substantiate the affair. Elisa accomplishes her mission and Gilles is devastated with the truth, all the while paying little attention to the emotional sacrifices Elisa is making on his behalf. There are confrontations, Elisa even seeks out a priest to help her in resolving her pain but the priest doesn't pay attention and Elisa is left with silence. When eventually the affair between Gilles and Victorine ends Elisa has given birth to a son, accepts Gilles' remorse, and ultimately in her own quiet way finds a mode of redemption for her trials with an unfaithful husband.

The fact the Elisa is content to be just 'Gilles' wife' instead of maintaining her dignity is hard to swallow at first but in Emmanuelle Devos' gifts as an actress we are made to understand her choices. The triad of actors here are amazingly fine and they are directed with graceful sensitivity by Frédéric Fonteyne. As an extra on the DVD there is an extended conversation with Fonteyne who shares some of the deleted scenes - this viewer only wishes there were not deleted! - and gives one of the more intelligent surveys of a film's story and progress on record. The visual painting of the scenes is so very beautiful that each frame could be a canvas. This is an impressively fine and deeply moving film. Highest recommendation. Grady Harp

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