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Torment (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 »


Claude Chabrol


Claude Chabrol (adaptation), Claude Chabrol (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Béart ... Nelly
François Cluzet ... Paul Prieur
Nathalie Cardone Nathalie Cardone ... Marylin
André Wilms ... Doctor Arnoux
Marc Lavoine ... Martineau
Christiane Minazzoli Christiane Minazzoli ... Mme Vernon
Dora Doll ... Mme Chabert
Mario David ... Duhamel
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... M. Vernon
Sophie Artur Sophie Artur ... Clotilde
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


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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 Inferno (1964). Claude Chabrol acquired Clouzot's screenplay and adapted it, updating it for the 90s, for his version. See more »


Nelly: Aren't you drinking too much?
Paul Prieur: I'm cold.
Nelly: I'm cold too.
Paul Prieur: Do you want it?
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Crazy Credits

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


Remake of Inferno (1964) See more »


Les couleurs du temps
Composed by Guy Béart
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Insecurity, Paranoia and Madness
28 December 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The owner of the Hotel Du Lac, Paul Prieur (François Cluzet), gets married with the beautiful and sexy Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart) and they have a boy. Nelly loves Paul and is pleasant with guests, and the insecure Paul feels that she is a woman out of his league.

When Nelly spends some time with the handsome guest Martineau (Marc Lavoine), Paul follows her and becomes paranoid and delusional believing that she is unfaithful to him. His increasing obsession turns into madness that ends in an announced tragedy.

"L'Enfer" is a dramatic tale of insecurity, paranoia and madness by Claude Chabrol, with the story of a man that lives in hell with his jealousy and brings this hell to the life of his wife. Last time that I had seen this film was on 23 April 2000 and the story is timeless and has not aged. The tragic conclusion is predictable and my only remark is the attitude of Doctor Arnoux, who should have foreseen that the safety of Nelly was in danger with the insane Paul. Emmanuelle Béart is wonderfully cast to justify the obsession of Paul. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ciúme - O Inferno do Amor Possessivo" ("Jealousy - The Hell of the Possessive Love")

Note: On 04 February 2018, I saw this film again.

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MK2 Productions [France]





Release Date:

November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,736, 23 October 1994

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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