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Violette (1978)

Violette Nozière (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 October 1978 (USA)
In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Odile Barski (scenario), Hervé Bromberger (scenario) (as Herve Bromberger) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Violette Nozière
Stéphane Audran ... Germaine Nozière (as Stephane Audran)
Jean Carmet ... Baptiste Nozière
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Jean Dabin
Guy Hoffmann ... Le juge
Jean Dalmain ... Émile
Lisa Langlois ... Maddy
François Maistre François Maistre ... Monsieur Mayeul
Philippe Procot Philippe Procot ... Me Vésine-Larue
Bernard Alane ... Le fils Pinguet
Mario David ... Le directeur de la prison
Henri-Jacques Huet Henri-Jacques Huet ... Le commissaire Guillaume
Fabrice Luchini ... Camus, l'étudiant
Greg Germain Greg Germain ... Le musicien noir (as Grégory Germain)
Zoé Chauveau ... Zoé
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In an interwar France struggling with profound social and political change, 18-year-old Violette Noziere rebels against the constraints of her claustrophobic, working-class (and possibly incestuous) family, with troubling consequences.

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The Story of an Extraordinary Crime

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

CAD1,360,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The first time that director Claude Chabrol worked with actress Isabelle Huppert. They would later work together on: Story of Women (1988), Madame Bovary (1991), La Cérémonie (1995), The Swindle (1997), Merci pour le Chocolat (2000), and Comedy of Power (2006). See more »


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Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
Performed by Lucienne Boyer
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Isabelle Huppert too old
20 February 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's pre-WWII France. Violette Nozière (Isabelle Huppert) is the only child living with her parents. She's a wild child. Her mother is angry when her doctor tells them that she has syphilis. She is able to convince that she got the VD from them. Meanwhile she falls for a stylish young man. She prostitutes herself and steals from her parents to give to him. She gives her parents fake medicine and then poisons them. In her trial, she claims her father molested her.

This is is a good movie except one thing kept bothering me. Isabelle Huppert looks too old. The story is based on a real girl who poisoned her parents at the age of 18. I never saw Violette as a teen. In fact, Isabelle Huppert looks 30 in her hooker makeup. I couldn't figure out why a 30 year old is living with her parents and acting like a kid hiding her makeup. I wondered if it's matter of the era she's living in. It's an easy fix if the movie lay out her age in an obvious way. She could have a birthday party. It throws the whole dynamic of the story and the family into confusion. The story really requires a younger actress to play this role. Otherwise, I like the performances but the age difference is really problematic.


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