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Gabrielle (2005)

The marriage between Gabrielle and Jean begins to fray after the discovery of a letter that belongs to Gabrielle.

Director:

Patrice Chéreau
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Cast overview:
Isabelle Huppert ... Gabrielle Hervey
Pascal Greggory ... Jean Hervey
Claudia Coli ... Yvonne
Thierry Hancisse ... The Editor-in-Chief
Chantal Neuwirth ... Madeleine
Thierry Fortineau Thierry Fortineau ... Guest
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Guest
Clément Hervieu-Léger Clément Hervieu-Léger ... Guest
Nicolas Moreau Nicolas Moreau ... Guest
Rinaldo Rocco ... The Consul
Xavier Lafitte Xavier Lafitte ... Guest
Maï David Maï David ... Maid
Jeanne Herry Jeanne Herry ... Maid
Aude Léger Aude Léger ... Maid
Raina Kabaivanska Raina Kabaivanska ... La cantatrice
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Paris shortly before World War I. Wealthy and self-satisfied, Jean Hervey is returning home from work, describing life with his wife of 10 years, Gabrielle; he values her as impassive and stolid. However, that day she's gone, leaving a letter that she's joining a man she loves. Jean is devastated, but within minutes she's returned, telling him that her resolve has failed. Over the next two days, he questions, demands, begs, and parries with her: why did she leave, why did she return, does she love him, did she ever love him, who is her lover, is she passionate with her lover? She's calm as alabaster, reserved. Is she in danger? When she makes an offer, how will he respond? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You CAN Go Home Again (But I Wouldn't Bother)
22 October 2005 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

Pascal Greggory has it made - on paper, at least. A town house only marginally smaller than the Musee d'Orsay, complete with a full complement of servants - a lifestyle in fact that it seems only Prince Charles aspires to today - and last but not least a trophy wife in the shape of Isabelle Huppert. Ah, there's the rub, as someone once said because picture his chagrin when he comes home one evening after a hard day's flaneuring to find a note in his wife's unmistakable hand to the effect that she's had it up to here and has taken it on the Jesse Owens with a lover about whom until now she has been so discreet it isn't true. But this is only the beginning for hardly has the ink had time to dry on the letter than she is back again and this is where the story really starts given that the bulk of the movie is the exploration of this angle at length. Pascal Greggory makes a convincing heavy - he was last seen at it in the latest remake of Arsene Lupin - and though he is ostensibly the victim and wronged party here he still manages to play it like a villain. I can't honestly claim to be a fan of Chereau and nothing in this effort really changes my mind but I am a fan of Isabelle Huppert and she obliges with her usual fine performance in the second film in a row (after Les Souers Fachees) in what will, we hope, turn out to be her new sleaze-free choice of roles.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gabriela See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,676, 16 July 2006

Gross USA:

$332,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,775,311
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