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Hell (2005)

L'enfer (original title)
Three sisters share a connection to a violent incident from their childhood reunite to for the chance to come to terms with their past.

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Marie, la mère
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In Paris, a family is victim of a tragic incident, when the patriarch is accused by his wife of pedophilia. Years later, the three sisters have independent dysfunctional lives and never see each other. The middle sister Sophie finds that her beloved husband and photographer Pierre is unfaithful and is having an affair with Julie and he leaves her. When the lover discovers that Pierre has two children, she ends the affair. The youngest, Anne, is student of Sorbonne and has a crush and gets pregnant of her professor Frédéric, who is married and father of her best friend. The oldest sister, Céline, is a lonely woman that periodically travels by train to visit her handicapped dumb mother Marie that is trapped in a wheelchair in an asylum for elders. When the stranger Sébastien contacts Céline, she believes he is a shy admirer; however, after an awkward encounter, he reveals secrets from the past that will affect the relationship among the sisters. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An intense and riveting drama about three sisters who share a connection to a violent childhood incident, who reunite to come to terms with their past.

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16 November 2005 (Belgium)  »

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The second of the "Heaven"-"Hell"-"Purgatory" trilogy that Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski had written before his death. The first, "Heaven" was shot by Tom Tykwer. See more »

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Wrenching and effective despite some film-making miscues.
23 June 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I caught it at the IFC theater in the spring. I liked it a lot and of the problems I had with it, they were minor stylistic choices mostly to do with the music (I thought it intruded on a few of the scenes). As with all Kieslowski scripts, L'ENFER is very smart and uncompromising yet not sterile; in fact, it is a very humanist work.

It never hurts to have beautiful French women in beautiful Paris, either. Emmanuelle Beart is one of those typical fantasy French sexpots all men drool over but with plenty of acting chops to go along with her stunning good looks. However, I don't really like Nathalie Baye and she had the toughest dialogue to sell, so the fact that I wasn't completely out of the picture at that point must mean she deserves some credit.

Tanovic is a little too showy a director sometimes but he captures a lot of the details very well: the husband lowering Beart to the floor, Beart hitting her head on the dresser, the mother's handwriting & bitter eyes, etc.

Glad they kept this trilogy alive. I hope we get too see "Purgatory".


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