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Gabrielle (2005)

The marriage between Gabrielle and Jean begins to fray after the discovery of a letter that belongs to Gabrielle.

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Patrice Chéreau

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Cast

Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Gabrielle Hervey
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Jean Hervey
Claudia Coli ... Yvonne
Thierry Hancisse ... The Editor-in-Chief
Chantal Neuwirth Chantal Neuwirth ... Madeleine
Thierry Fortineau Thierry Fortineau ... Guest
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Guest
Clément Hervieu-Léger Clément Hervieu-Léger ... Guest
Nicolas Moreau Nicolas Moreau ... Guest
Rinaldo Rocco ... The Consul
Xavier Lafitte Xavier Lafitte ... Guest
Maï David Maï David ... Maid
Jeanne Herry Jeanne Herry ... Maid
Aude Léger Aude Léger ... Maid
Raina Kabaivanska Raina Kabaivanska ... La cantatrice
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Storyline

Paris shortly before World War I. Wealthy and self-satisfied, Jean Hervey is returning home from work, describing life with his wife of 10 years, Gabrielle; he values her as impassive and stolid. However, that day she's gone, leaving a letter that she's joining a man she loves. Jean is devastated, but within minutes she's returned, telling him that her resolve has failed. Over the next two days, he questions, demands, begs, and parries with her: why did she leave, why did she return, does she love him, did she ever love him, who is her lover, is she passionate with her lover? She's calm as alabaster, reserved. Is she in danger? When she makes an offer, how will he respond? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabrielle - Liebe meines Lebens See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,676, 16 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,534, 4 May 2014
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Black and White | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A pretentious and stultifying waste of time
26 August 2006 | by gracie28See all my reviews

Gabrielle has fine actors, beautiful camera work and features a detailed look at upper crust French parlor society in the early 1900s. It is also one of the more boring and stifling pictures we've seen in a long time. Huppert is a great actress but she is wasted here. If the director was going to do a Conrad adaptation, the original story needed to be better converted for cinema because it just didn't work. There was incessant, drone-on talking which went nowhere. There was little or no character development. Overall the 90 minute movie felt like three and a half hours, for no payoff. The ending was just truncated and very unsatisfying.


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