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.
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Critic Reviews for Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles)
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.
Were Hitchcock alive, he'd surely claim the ripe and faintly sinister Devos as his muse.
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.
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.
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.
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]
[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]
I liked the directing, the cinematography, and even the story - but it was a tad on the boring side.
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