The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.) (1975)
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Based on the real-life diaries of Adèle Hugo, The Story of Adele H. is a psychological drama opening in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s. The daughter of famous French writer Victor Hugo, Adèle (Isabelle Adjani) has left her father's home to seek out her fiancé, the English soldier Lt. Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson). She conceals her identity and rents a room in a boarding house from Mrs. Saunders (Sylvia Marriott). Pinson wants nothing to do with her, but she still obsessively follows him and
Oct 8, 1975 Wide
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Truffaut has taken this factual material and made it into a strange, moody film that belongs very much with the darker side of his work.
Its intensity is impressive and remains uncompromised by the prettifying aesthetic touches Truffaut adds here and there in an apparent attempt to distance himself from the overcharged material.
Love, obssession, and madness, key issues in most of Truffaut's work, also define this meticulously made 1975 film, arguably his last masterpiece.
One of Truffaut's best
Polished but bland costume drama
Among Truffaut's greatest pictures, with a nuanced, revelatory performance from a 19-year-old Isabelle Adjani at its core.
Shot in the dead center of director François Truffaut's career, this is a frivilous curiosity for Truffaut and Hugo scholars... but little more.
Audience Reviews for The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.)
- Adele Hugo: I'm still young and yet it sometimes seems to me that I've reached the autumn of my life.
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