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The Poisoning Angel (2016)

Fleur de Tonnerre (original title)
A serial killer strikes fear into the lives of residents of a quiet French community during the early 19th century.

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Gustave Kervern (adaptation), Gustave Kervern (dialogue) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Déborah François ... Hélène Jégado, dite Fleur de Tonnerre
Benjamin Biolay ... Matthieu Véron
Jonathan Zaccaï ... Le juge Vannier
Catherine Mouchet ... Anne Jégafo
Blanche François Blanche François ... Fleur de Tonnerre enfant
Féodor Atkine ... Monsieur Bidard de la Noé
Christophe Miossec Christophe Miossec ... L'abbé Lhoro
Marthe Guérin Caufman Marthe Guérin Caufman ... Rose Tessier
Xavier Mathieu Xavier Mathieu ... Jean Jégado
Philippe Pasquini Philippe Pasquini ... Le Braz
Delphine Lalizout Delphine Lalizout ... Madeleine Le Braz
Catherine Hosmalin Catherine Hosmalin ... La marraine
Martine Chevallier Martine Chevallier ... Soeur Athanase (as Martine Chevallier de la Comédie Française)
Gustave Kervern ... Abbé Riallan
Jean-Claude Drouot ... Monsieur Kérallic
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A serial killer strikes fear into the lives of residents of a quiet French community during the early 19th century.

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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 January 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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$109,862
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Thunderflower
25 April 2019 | by wim-vorsterSee all my reviews

Last night I saw a very interesting movie (broadcast on TV5MONDE) based on fact.

Hélène Jégado (1803 - 1852) was probably one of the first, if not the very first, female serial killer in modern history. Known as Fleur de Tonnerrre she is believed to have poisoned as many as 36 people with arsenic over 18 years, hence the film's English title The Poisoning Angel.

Déborah François gives an entirely convincing performance as the beguiling chef who as a child was told by her mother that she is the bearer of Ankou (something akin to the Grim Reaper). Her mother was in fact her very first victim.

The rest of the cast follows suit and both period feel and 'look' are perfect. So is the music which is never obtrusive and in tone with the late nineteenth century.

In contrast with Hollywood crap such as Disturbed (starring Christina Ricci and John Cusack) this work directed by Stéphanie Pillonca with script by Gustave Kervern creates suspense while giving insight into a woman's disturbed psyche.


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