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The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.)

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

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Art House & International, Drama

Jan 23, 2001

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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.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Looks and sounds like no other Truffaut film you've ever seen.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

May 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Love, obssession, and madness, key issues in most of Truffaut's work, also define this meticulously made 1975 film, arguably his last masterpiece.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Brilliant performance by Adjani.

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of Truffaut's best

April 27, 2005
Atlantic City Weekly

Polished but bland costume drama

June 29, 2004
Film Journal International

Among Truffaut's greatest pictures, with a nuanced, revelatory performance from a 19-year-old Isabelle Adjani at its core.

June 23, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Shot in the dead center of director François Truffaut's career, this is a frivilous curiosity for Truffaut and Hugo scholars... but little more.

February 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Adjani is so uncommonly pretty and smart at the start of the film that her degeneration manages to catch us completely off guard.

May 26, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.)

Isabelle Adjani's performance of the young Adèle Hugo's journey from love, to obsession to madness is beautifully done and is the only real reason you should watch. The set pieces and props etc are a little questionable at the best of times, as is the supporting cast (apart from Bruce Robinson - yes, that Bruce Robinson). The story is intriguing enough to follow but ultimately disappointing in its conclusion. Sure, it's biased on real people and actual events but not always correctly. It's certainly not as good as Truffaut could be.
August 1, 2012
SirPant

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Not a favourite, but okay.
October 18, 2009
romy861

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under the shadow of her father, Victor Hugo, the most famous man alive at the time, she tries to turn her self-destructive love (for a cad) into a work of art; this movie is directly from her diary
June 1, 2007
adammahler1

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After hearing for years what a "classic" this film is, I finally saw it and was gravely disappointed. What an exasperatingly one-note story. The central character pines for a military officer who does not want her, and stalks him obsessively across three countries. Her grating neediness does not win our empathy, and we have no idea why she loves him so much. We only know that she does. Gradually, she descends into madness. The end.

The direction, costumes, sets and, of course, the exquisite Isabelle Adjani are lovely. Is this enough? No.
March 12, 2011
Eric Broome

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    1. Adele Hugo: I'm still young and yet it sometimes seems to me that I've reached the autumn of my life.
    – Submitted by Brigita S (2 years ago)
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