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Adolphe (2002)

The action takes place at the turn of the 19th Century. Adolphe (Stanislas Merhar) is a carefree, somewhat jaded 22-year-old, scion of a preeminent aristocratic family, with a very ... See full synopsis »


Benoît Jacquot
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Adjani ... Ellénore
Stanislas Merhar ... Adolphe
Jean Yanne ... The Count
Romain Duris ... D'Erfeuil
Jean-Louis Richard ... Mr. d'Arbigny
Anne Suarez ... Mrs. d'Arbigny
Jean-Marc Stehlé ... Adolphe's Father
Maryline Even Maryline Even ... Housemaid
Olween Heudig Olween Heudig ... La gouvernante
Cindy David Cindy David ... La fille d'Ellénore
Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis ... Le fils d'Ellénore (as Gabriel Kane)
Bernard Ballet Bernard Ballet ... Le préfet
Isild Le Besco ... La lingère
Pierre Charras Pierre Charras ... Le valet de chambre
Rémy Roubakha Rémy Roubakha ... Le concierge


The action takes place at the turn of the 19th Century. Adolphe (Stanislas Merhar) is a carefree, somewhat jaded 22-year-old, scion of a preeminent aristocratic family, with a very promising political career ahead of him. To Adolphe, love means conquest, and since he is bored, love is a good pastime. At a soirée given by the Count (Jean Yanne) in his sumptuous castle, Adolphe sets his eyes on the beautiful Ellénore (Isabelle Adjani), a young widow, ten years his elder, mother of two children. She also happens to be the Count's mistress. Adolphe falls in love with Ellénore, for lack of a better thing to do. At first, Ellénore resists Adolphe's feverish advances. He insists, becoming an overwhelming presence (and nuisance) in Ellénore's life. Eventually, she surrenders. Soon after, the novelty of this adventure wearing out, Adolphe tries to liberate himself from his new lover, who has become a burden in his life, an obstacle to his freedom. However, he cannot bring himself to altogether...

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Benoit Jacquot knew Isabelle Adjani since the time when she shared the life of Bruno Nuytten, its chief operator of L'Assassin musician. It is she who wanted Adolphe (2002): she chose Benjamin Constant's novel to play Ellénore, she attributed the role of Adolphe to Stanislas Merhar, then came to ask him to realize very quickly the film, according to his usual comminatory manner. In fact, he quickly realized that the actress was still in love with Stanislas Merhar, but he had just left her and she had imagined the shoot to win him back. But it was exactly the subject of the novel: a moment of violence and passion exacerbated, the impossibility of the couple, which also feeds the entire filmography Jacquot. See more »


Adolphe: [to his father who wants to exile Ellénore, for separate her from Adolphe] Believing to move away me from her, you could bind me her forever.
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Benoit Jacquot's "Adolphe"
11 July 2006 | by baruch-1See all my reviews

receives a 1, instead of a -0- due to the quality of the actors. the amazingly beautiful Isabelle Adjani as Ellenore, an incredibly boring, one-dimensional, stupid woman. Stanislas Merhar, who delivers an incredibly un-nuanced performance as the moronic "Adolphe". the usually always wonderful Jean Yanne in a wasted performance as The Count. Romain Duris, as usual, an excellent performance as the effeminate D'Efeuil; and the fabulous Jacquot muse, Islid Le Besco as a wasted bit player, La Lingerie. i spend time on the actors because of the incredibly UNtalented directorship of M. Jacquot! where his reputation comes from is a huge question mark? however, he does have the unique talent of both selecting very unteresting topics, then making each of his movies very very boring, droll, and worst of all, he simply does NOT know how to tell a story in a way that "doesn't" put the viewer to sleep; OR, he thinks of himself as a genius and selects subjects, (only) he believes, will be of interest to the viewer. after having seen, actually wasting time, 3 of his movies at a Benoit Jacquot festival at Lincoln Center, NYC June-July 2006, i can unequvically say, he may be the worst director, or the most boring, of the last 35 yrs!!! it's a shame, so many fine actors have been gulled to appear in his odious interpretations, & hopefully, he will retire, left to watch his own boring work, which should easily put even him to sleep, as most of the audience in attendance at this "Festival" were?!

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Release Date:

30 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adolphe de Benjamin Constant See more »

Filming Locations:

Vigny, Val d'Oise, France See more »


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1.85 : 1
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