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Isabelle Eberhardt (1991)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 28 October 1992 (France)
Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathilda May ... Isabelle Eberhardt
Tchéky Karyo ... Slimene
Peter O'Toole ... Maj. Lyautey
Richard Moir ... Lt. Comte
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Cauvet
Ben Smaïl Ben Smaïl ... Hussein
Foued Nassah Foued Nassah ... Lachmi
Wolf Harnisch Wolf Harnisch ... Trophimowsky
René Schönenberger René Schönenberger ... Fridel
David Pledger David Pledger ... Augustin
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Joue
Françoise Brion ... Mme De Mores
Lyèce Boukhitine Lyèce Boukhitine ... Sayed
Mouss Zouheyri Mouss Zouheyri ... Nefez (as Mouss)
Olivier Pajot Olivier Pajot ... De Susbielle


Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because she is a woman in an Arab culture, although her determination carries her to a point of being somewhat of a phenomena in her work. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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28 October 1992 (France) See more »

Filming Locations:

Algiers, Algeria See more »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Producer Don Boyd had tried to set this up in 1976 with Marcello Mastroianni in the Peter O ' Toole role. See more »


[first lines]
Isabelle Eberhardt: I've searched for me, and in doing so I've wasted my body to make my soul lighter.
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interesting despite slow-moving pace and unsure evolution
18 November 2001 | by b4peaceSee all my reviews

I was thinking about the people who have moved me in some way in my life and I remembered this little film, which didn't leave much of an impression here in Sydney unfortunately. Nevertheless, it is a representation of a real person, and what a life she lived! Most of us haven't the courage or daring to be one's true self in the way that Isabelle was. Thank God for a few brave souls to pave some less-travelled roads. Yes the film may have been slow-moving and a bit vague at times but I believe that it in some way reflected the mind of Isabelle herself, for things were not so clear cut for her, and she must have felt the irony of being able to be passed off as both genders at a time when roles were clearly defined. No, I was very glad to see a film such as this made. They number too few! (7/10)

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