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The Story of Adele H(1975)

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  • Unforgettable Performance

    • Michael O'Farrell
    • 2/7/16

    Isabelle Adjani gives a performance for the ages in 'The Story of Adele H.', Francois Truffaut's absorbing historical drama about Victor Hugo's daughter and her obsession with a young cavalry officer who she pursues halfway across the world. Besotted with love for a man who does not reciprocate in kind, Adele stubbornly hopes against hope that he will eventually changes his mind. This leads to one disappointment after another, ultimately leading to tragic consequences. 'Adele H.' is one of Truffaut's most fascinating films, a period piece that never feels stale. He brings to life a time and place long ago that seems strangely contemporary and in Isabelle Adjani's galvanizing performance, this true story takes on an immediacy that is startling in its passions and in its portrayal of a complicated woman whose path to love was hell-bent toward destruction. This is a memorable and moving film, brilliantly photographed by Nestor Almendros ("Days of Heaven'). This is one of the great director's finest works.

  • A Victorian Stalker

    • disinterested spectator
    • 9/14/14

    This is the worst case of a woman stalking a man that was made into a movie. It does not have a melodramatic, homicidal ending like "Play Misty for Me" or "Fatal Attraction," but then, we do not take those movies seriously. Even if we did not know this story was true, it would still be worse because it seems like something that could actually happen.

  • adele h

    • john healey
    • 7/25/13

    This is probably the greatest performance you ve never seen.Isabelle Adjani is masterful and spellbinding as the love besotted daughter of Victor Hugo who loves a soldier who has no interest in her.Its all the more amazing considering she was merely 21 when it was released.She deservedly won the NY Film Critics best actress award.She got an Oscar nom but not a win since Louise Fletcher benefitted from the sweep for Cuckoos Nest.Do yourself a favor and watch this monumental performance that has been unfairly overlooked for so long-its one of the finest I have ever seen!

  • Adele the Lost

    • Mary
    • 7/5/13

    Truffaut film traces the obsessive love of Victor Hugo's daughter Adele, that led her to cross the Atlantic from Isle of Guernsey to Nova Scotia to pursue a lover that had ceased to love her. Adele's love descends into madness culminating into a total loss of her sense of self. She is brought back to France by an admirer of her father's to spend her life in custodial care in a mental hospital. Adele's tragedy is told with great sympathy and Adajani is remarkable. Simply a performance to remember.

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