Je M'appelle Elisabeth


1h 29m 2006

Brief Synopsis

Set in the rural countryside of post-World War II France, the story is a memoir of a young girl, Elisabeth, who lives with her family in a large, stone house on the grounds of an insane asylum. Her older sister Agnes has just left for boarding school, leaving Elisabeth alone in the old house full of

Film Details

Also Known As
Call Me Elisabeth, Call Me Elizabeth
Release Date
2006

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

Synopsis

Set in the rural countryside of post-World War II France, the story is a memoir of a young girl, Elisabeth, who lives with her family in a large, stone house on the grounds of an insane asylum. Her older sister Agnes has just left for boarding school, leaving Elisabeth alone in the old house full of shadows and dark corners. Her father is absorbed in his work; her mother, an unwilling housewife, spends most of her spare time doing various "errands" in the city, and Elisabeth is left in the care of Rose, the simple, almost dumb maid. One day she comes upon Yvon, an escapee from the asylum, hiding trembling in the bushes. Moved by his frailness, Elisabeth hides him inside the bicycle shed. As police search for the potentially dangerous inmate, the two form a bond. Yvon's mute innocence and frailty stand in stark contrast to her parents' severity and emotional distance and, despite the lurking threat, Yvon proves to be an innocent monster--an infant trapped in the body of a man.

Film Details

Also Known As
Call Me Elisabeth, Call Me Elizabeth
Release Date
2006

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m

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Released in United States October 2006

Released in United States February 2007

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Alice Nella Citta) October 13-21, 2006.

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Generation) February 8-18, 2007.

Based on the novel "Je M'appelle Elisabeth" by Anne Wiazemsky; published by Gallimard January 22, 2004.

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Rome Film Festival (Alice Nella Citta) October 13-21, 2006.)

Released in United States February 2007 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Generation) February 8-18, 2007. )