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Whirlpool of Fate (1925)

La fille de l'eau (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama, Romance | 20 March 1925 (France)
After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the ... See full summary »

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Jean Renoir
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Hessling ... Virginia Rosaert
Charlotte Clasis Charlotte Clasis ... Madame Maubien
Pierre Champagne Pierre Champagne ... Justin Crepoix
Maurice Touzé Maurice Touzé ... La Fuine
Georges Térof Georges Térof ... Monsieur Raynal
Madame Fockenberghe Madame Fockenberghe ... Madame Raynal
Harold Levingston Harold Levingston ... Georges Raynal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Derain André Derain ... Patron du 'Bon Coin'
Van Doren Van Doren ... Young lover
Pierre Lestringuez Pierre Lestringuez ... Jef
Henriette Moret Henriette Moret ... La Roussette
Pierre Renoir ... Farmer
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After her father's death and her uncle having drunk all the inheritance, Virginia is left alone. She is accepted by a family of bohemians but a quarrel between the bohemians and the peasants coerce her to flee the peasants' riot. She is then helped by Raynal who falls in love with her but is too shy to tell her. Sheltered by his father, Virginia is robbed by her uncle of the money Raynal gave her to pay the bill in the village. He and his son then start to consider her a thief. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 March 1925 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Whirlpool of Fate See more »

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Production Co:

Les Films Jean Renoir See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Unprotected young woman
26 April 2003 | by RNQSee all my reviews

A complex and sympathetic narrative about a young woman that begins with her working on a river barge with her father and her uncle and follows her through difficult circumstances after her father dies, exploited but resourceful, even using petty crime, particularly in the company of a scampish boy. There's something Pickfordesque about Catherine Hessling (who became Mme. Renoir), and a touch of D. W. Griffith in her occasional hanky-winding, but Renoir is not as sentimental. There's a dream sequence as good as Hitchcock decades later, night scenes (a haystack on fire), and observations about the ways of the well-born that are a start on the way to La Règle du jeu.


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