Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles) (2005)



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In a small mining town in 1930s France, Elisa, a devoted wife begins to suspect her husband Gilles is having an affair with her younger sister. Determined to save her marriage, Elisa undertakes a strange and disquieting battle to recover what she has lost and to become, once again, Gilles' wife.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Philippe Blasband, Frédéric Fonteyne, Marion Hansel
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On DVD: Aug 8, 2006
Mars Distribution - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (16)

Easy to fall into, courtesy of the inviting, autumnal cinematography of Virginie Saint-Martin and the persuasive, committed and sensual performance of the title character, played by Emmanuelle Devos.

Full Review… | April 14, 2006
Detroit Free Press
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Were Hitchcock alive, he'd surely claim the ripe and faintly sinister Devos as his muse.

Full Review… | March 17, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Told primarily via body language and facial expressions with a minimum of dialogue, beautifully observed, emotionally intense tale is an ambitious and rewarding outing for Frederic Fonteyne.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
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Gilles' Wife is a disquieting film of frustrating subtlety. But Devos is a compelling presence at the heart of it. She, and the scenery that is her backdrop, make it worth the three espressos you'll need to drink to stay awake through it all.

Full Review… | February 23, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great acting and that rapturous old French blend of realism and theatricality.

Full Review… | December 24, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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I was fascinated by the face of Emmanuelle Devos, and her face is specifically why I recommend the movie.

Full Review… | December 22, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles)

[font=Century Gothic]In "Gilles' Wife", Elisa(Emmanuelle Devos) is a housewife married to Gilles(Clovis Cornillac), a burly factory worker, and mother to two children, with a third one on the way. Her life is a happy one until she begins to suspect that Gilles is having an affair, even following him out into the snow one night. To make matters worse, it appears Elisa's younger sister, Victorine(Laura Smet), might be involved...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Gilles' Wife" is about how marriage can be a prison for a woman, especially at the time this movie is set which is probably the 1930's.(Take note of the title's possessive. Everybody's read "The Handmaid's Tale", right?) The movie is glacially paced, but interspersed with sudden explosions, almost as if it is more interested in establishing a story, rather than telling one. The events are seen entirely through Elisa's eyes and Emmanuelle Devos' enigmatic performance betrays little of her thoughts. [/font]

Walter M.

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I liked the directing, the cinematography, and even the story - but it was a tad on the boring side.

Jeff B

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