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Violette (1978)

Violette Nozière (original title)
In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Odile Barski (scenario), Hervé Bromberger (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Violette Nozière
Stéphane Audran ... Germaine Nozière
Jean Carmet ... Baptiste Nozière
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Jean Dabin
Guy Hoffmann Guy Hoffmann ... Le juge / Judge
Jean Dalmain Jean Dalmain ... Émile
Lisa Langlois ... Maddy
François Maistre François Maistre ... Monsieur Mayeul
Philippe Procot Philippe Procot ... Me Vésine-Larue
Bernard Alane ... Le fils Pinguet
Mario David ... Le directeur de la prison / Prison director
Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet ... Le commissaire Guillaume / Commissioner Guilleaume
Fabrice Luchini ... Camus, l'étudiant
Greg Germain Greg Germain ... Le musicien noir (as Grégory Germain)
Zoé Chauveau Zoé Chauveau ... Zoé
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In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.

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The Story of an Extraordinary Crime

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Violette See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,360,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The first time that director Claude Chabrol worked with actress Isabelle Huppert. They would later work together on: Story of Women (1988), Madame Bovary (1991), La Cérémonie (1995), The Swindle (1997), Merci pour le Chocolat (2000), and Comedy of Power (2006). See more »


Soundtracks

Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
Performed by Lucienne Boyer
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not among Chabrol's stronger works, but worthwhile
20 June 2000 | by RonAltmanSee all my reviews

Paris in the early 1930s: Fourteen-year-old girl Violette has relationships with various men and is disenchanted with her parents, who show no compassion for the girl's problems. How can they be solved? Not one of director Chabrol strongest works, film is buoyed by exceptional camerawork (Jean Rabier) and an appropriately melancholy performance by Huppert as the young girl. Interesting mainly for Chabrol enthusiasts, others beware of the complicated narrative structure. Most reviews reveal too much of the plot! From a novel by Jean-Marie Fitère, which is based on a true case.


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