Violette (2013)

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Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Violette Leduc
Jacques Guérin
Catherine Hiegel ...
Berthe Leduc
Jacques Bonnaffé ...
Olivier Py ...
Nathalie Richard ...
Le jeune maçon
Jean Toscan ...
Monsieur Motté
Frans Boyer ...
Le jeune paysan
Nicole Colchat ...
Madame Belaval
Yvon Belaval
Erwan Creignou ...
Vincent Schmitt ...
Un forain
Jean-Paul Dubois ...


Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout their lives, relationship based on the quest for freedom by writing to Violet and conviction for Simone to have in their hands the fate of an extraordinary writer. Written by Furqy

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20 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

The first thing that impresses is that this film is written very well. The structure is quite novelistic, separated into chapters and each part moving the story along in well paced increments. The whole movie starts quite slowly, mysteriously and then opens out, that is a pleasing form as it adds layers to the work.

The second thing is that both Kiberlain and Devos are outstanding. Devos takes this role of Violette and makes it completely human. She is a dozen conflicted people and all the time in need of many things but most of all, in need of love. As de Beauvoir, Kiberlain is magisterial. She has de Beauvoir's haughtiness, her brilliance, her perfect sense of her own destiny.

The relationship between the women of such different circumstances is told with grace and balance and insight.

The photography and choice of locales is good too. The sense of place is considered, from the cold farm in winter, through to freezing Paris and then the Midi in summer at the end. Some shots may linger, because it can look so good on the screen, but that remark apart there is little to fault here.

Recommended for all its best virtues.

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