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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.

Director:

Patrice Chéreau
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Gabrielle Hervey
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

Gross USA:

$332,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,775,311
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Black and White | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Chereau a masterful director
18 July 2006 | by jsmith1480See all my reviews

This up close study of a marriage in crisis is Chereau at his subtle, rich best. The infant terrible of '82 Bayreuth has matured into a maestro of cinema.

Gabrielle wants more but is unwilling to spend the effort or pay the price to get it. Her husband wants less and will settle for nothing less than less. The machinery of their marriage was running so flawlessly that it required no work by either and only modest attention. Their relations were on automatic pilot and they both seemed massively content to keep it that way. Then the machinery, briefly but ruinously, goes crazy.

Huppert and Greggory are riveting. And, not counting the credits, run time is less than 90 minutes. Good artistic judgment there by Chereau. Any longer and this film could be painful for the viewer. Jim Smith


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