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A Song of Innocence (2005)

La ravisseuse (original title)
Set in 1877, Julien and his wife Charlotte welcoming their infant daughter home. It was a difficult delivery for Charlotte, and since ambitious Julien is always away at work, the couple agree to bring in Angele-Marie as a wet nurse.


Antoine Santana


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Cast overview:
Isild Le Besco ... Angèle-Marie
Émilie Dequenne ... Charlotte
Grégoire Colin ... Julien
Anémone ... Léonce
Frédéric Pierrot ... Rodolphe
Bernard Blancan ... Jacques
Christian Gasc Christian Gasc ... Le couturier / Fashion designer
Aude Briant Aude Briant ... Anna Devillers
Bernard Nissile Bernard Nissile ... Henri Blanchard
Claudie Guillot Claudie Guillot ... Henriette Blanchard
Edith Perret Edith Perret ... Marguerite Orcus
Emmanuel Leconte Emmanuel Leconte ... Armand de Teil
Antonio Cauchois Antonio Cauchois ... M. de Teil
Pierre Thoretton Pierre Thoretton ... Le photographe / The photographer


In 1870s France. An 18-year-old peasant girl, Angèle-Marie, is hired to take care of the newly born baby of a young bourgeois couple, Julien and Charlotte Orcus. Since giving birth, Charlotte has been unable to sleep with her husband, so he naturally finds himself drawn to the attractive young nurse. Unaware of this, Charlotte begins to regard Angèle-Marie as a friend. The two women share outings in tea rooms and even sessions with the photographer. Angèle-Marie reveals that before accepting the position as a nurse, she had just given birth herself. The husband, takes a dim view of the special relationship between his wife and the nurse as he regards her as a simple servant. Faced with this situation, his discomfort is all the greater as he is torn between the very strict respect of conventions and a troubled attraction for the nurse, object of obsessive fantasies. Written by lament

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Isild Le Besco Plays a Wet Nurse
13 March 2013 | by timlin-4See all my reviews

This is another French historical psychological drama about the "hired help", featuring the lovely Isild Le Besco as a maid hired to nurse a young upper class couple's first child to support her own. Of course the film is competently made, and of course the story includes a frustrated wife, a menacing husband, colorful servants, interesting details about life at the time, class tensions, cruelty, and a somewhat disturbed servant girl. The movie has enough suspense to move forward, though it lacks the depth of a Les blessures assassines or a La cérémonie; but while Isild Le Besco's character is rather too enigmatic, she charms the camera even when she is not breast feeding.

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