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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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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It is said that Claude Chabrol valued very much a good sense of humor in his actors and that his collaboration with Emmanuelle Béart in this film was a difficult one because she was completely devoid of it. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Remake of L'enfer (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

L'enfer de mes nuits
Written by Bill Baxter
Réalisation La Belle Équipe
MK2 - EMI VIRGIN Publishing France
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Disappointing Production
19 June 2004 | by Dan SchaeferSee all my reviews

As one of the originators of the New Wave, Claude Chabrol deserves a large amount of respect. His films such as Bon Femmes and Le Ceremonie put him in the high ranks of the best film makers, but in this case, L'Enfer, he does not match up to his own high standards. This could also just be my opinion since I didn't enjoy watching the downward spiral the characters go through.

It was a ride I would rather not taken. Be that as it may, the film lacked a fullness of motivation for its lead, whose insanity seems to come from nowhere. Maybe again it is due to his mental illness, but as a viewer of the scene I needs to to know why. As France's Hitchcock, Chabrol needs to let us put the pieces together, as he let us do in his film The Unfaithful Wife, as we see the literal pieces of a puzzle reflecting the clues to the crime. If you love Emmanuel B'eart as we all do, you will find her and her fellow actors in good form, but the story falls flat.


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