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L'Enfer (1994)

L'enfer (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | November 1994 (USA)
Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (adaptation), Claude Chabrol (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Béart ... Nelly
François Cluzet ... Paul Prieur
Nathalie Cardone Nathalie Cardone ... Marylin
André Wilms ... Doctor Arnoux
Marc Lavoine Marc Lavoine ... Martineau
Christiane Minazzoli Christiane Minazzoli ... Mme Vernon
Dora Doll ... Mme Chabert
Mario David ... Duhamel
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... M. Vernon
Thomas Chabrol ... Julien
Noël Simsolo Noël Simsolo ... M. Chabert
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Young Boy
Amaya Antolin Amaya Antolin ... Mariette
Jean-Claude Barbier Jean-Claude Barbier ... M. Pinoiseau
Claire De Beaumont Claire De Beaumont ... Mme Rudemont
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Storyline

Paul, an irritable and stressed-out hotel manager, begins to gradually develop paranoid delusions about his wife's infidelity. As he succumbs to green-eyed jealousy, his life starts to crumble. Each step on his downward spiral to madness seems to accelerate, driving him further along the path to a personal hell. Finally, the former shell of his personality cracks completely, with tragic consequences. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Enfer See more »

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Gross USA:

$194,223
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Dolby SR | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the film was written by Henri-Georges Clouzot. He began filming in 1964, with Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani in the main roles. Due to the health problems of Reggiani and Clouzot himself, he was never able to finish L'enfer (1964). Claude Chabrol acquired Clouzot's screenplay and adapted it, updating it for the 90s, for his version. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Paul Prieur: What's happening to me? What have I done? Let's see... we're about to go to the clinic... in Clermont. Both of us... but we're still here... just as before. "Just as before" what? I don't know anymore. I'm losing it. I just hope she don't pretend... I need to put my head in order. I need to be careful. I can't... I musn't... never again... No... Let's see...
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Crazy Credits

The movie closes with a title that reads "No end". See more »

Connections

Remake of L'enfer (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto pour violoncelle op. 104
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by Mstislav Rostropovich
KOKA média
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A man's own personal hell….
5 March 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

Reality, or fantasy is the immediate question posed in Claude Chabrol's L'Enfer. The man who carries the mantel the 'French Hitchcock' Chabrol delivers a taut, bare to the bones thriller.

When husband Paul (Francois Cluzet) begins to believe his beautiful, flirtatious wife Nelly (Emmanuelle Beart) is fooling around, his psychological demise is quick, and intense.

Chabrol brings us the story primarily from Paul's point of view, leaving many of the ambiguities, as well as the uncertainties of this tale to our own imagination.

From a script of Henri-Georges Clouzot (Diabolique, Wages of Fear) written in 1964, Chabrol updates the original (Clouzot never finished his version due to failing health, he died in 1977) giving it the contemporary setting and dialogue, but maintaining a style of presentation consistent with the thrillers of that era.

I love this early exchange: Nelly: "You're following me, Paul." Paul: "Why would I, is there any reason?" Nelly: "No, but if you keep it up, there will be."

Emmanuelle Beart shows why she is one of the world's great stars. American audiences have yet to have the best of Beart, who's English speaking debut (Mission:Impossible) seemed uneven, almost clumsy. But here she delivers on all cylinders: a beautiful seductress. Calculating? Unfaithful? We'll see.

Highly recommended.


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