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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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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Enfer See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,736, 23 October 1994

Gross USA:

$39,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,003
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Sound Mix:

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 Inferno (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 Inferno (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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Great film
9 March 2004 | by mpr3tSee all my reviews

I still think of L'Enfer as a great film, rife with psychological torment and anguish. It may not be Chabrol's best (as others have pointed out), but it is nonetheless very good. This is in my opinion also one of Beart's best performances. The cinematography is terrific, with wonderful contrasts between the idyllic, sun-drenched locale and the dark, tormented and claustrophobic emotional dimension. The plot is somewhat predictable, but the "meat" of the movie is on the psychological development of the main characters, not on "what happens next". Overall, I highly recommend this film to any fan of cinema.


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