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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]"Violette" is a passable movie wherein director Claude Chabrol adds a few curveballs to his usual straightforward style in telling the story of Violette(Isabelle Huppert), a teenager in the 1930's, who hangs out with her friend Maddy(Lisa Langlois). Bored with the routines of the working class existence in her parents'(Stephane Audran & Jean Carmet) apartment, she turns to get what she wants by lying, stealing and prostituting herself. In return, she contracts syphilis from a medical student(Fabrice Luchini). However, her ineffectual parents still think of her as the little girl she once was, not that far in the past. But people change, children very rapidly which includes Violette who is now standing on the cusp of adulthood. This is a state of transition enunciated by having an adult actress in the title role which also ensures that nobody gets arrested.[/font]
May 3, 2011
It's difficult to watch a two-hour movie about a pathetic person; not impressed at all with my first Chabrol film.
½ June 10, 2009
Though Isabele Huppert doesn't look the 14 years she is supposed to be in this movie, she still does an amazing job - a fragile yet sharp character, neither completely sympathetic nor utterly hateful. The problems are more in the direction. Chabrol's movie goes over the events leading up to the film's savage denouement in great detail. You're not sure why he employs flashback in some parts; why we are invited to sympathize with the lead character (Violette Noziere, the teen temptress/jilted lover) in contrast to her 'blameless' parents. While also building up her pathetic victimhood in the cause of love, Chabrol goes through some contortions to show how fickle Violette is, etc. Real life (it is based on a true case) has these contradictions, but in film, it depends on the treatment? I came away without a sense of where Chabrol was leading the viewer. One doesn't feel that the character is complex, just that Chabrol isn't sure how to portray her.
April 13, 2016
Frenchie's mediocrity.
March 11, 2014
It is an atrociously unlawful act depicted in Chabrol's sensational melodrama, the based-on-a-true-story type (a murder case in 1933) which would usually generate a slew of horrific feedback in the social news commentary, about an adolescent girl poisons her parents in order to back up her gold-digger boyfriend to elope together.

What makes the film so gravely provocative is the entire scheme of Violette (Huppert) seems so juvenile and wanton, the viciousness is inexorable and beyond any logical solace. Violette is a lackadaisical, apolitical and promiscuous teenager, although at the age of 24, Huppert is unbecoming to pass for the role, but Chabrol adroitly restyles Violette with a more precocious patina, the dexterous transition between the good girl veneer when she is with her parents and the motel-hogging and man-hunting hussy potently incites Huppert's chameleonic escapade, each and every single frame zooms in on her unprovoked aloofness and obtrusive sex appeal. She is perpetually indulging in her own pathetic realm, sneers at her parents' clumsy intercourse and disgruntled at their ordinary petit bourgeois trivia, she is in an impetuous situation to find an egress, but the man in her dreams is a major disappointment as viewers all being well-informed in advance, it is money he is on the lookout for. The affair is doomed to futility, in some sense Violette knows it fairly well, but it is the defects (the egocentric selfishness, deep-rooted misanthrope and diabolic cruelty) in her character blind her sight, poison her mind and abet her into carrying on the abhorrent action.

After the murder plan goes as expected and the lousy gas-accident cover-up, Germaine, the mother (Audran) survives the poison, it is not a detective story after all, instead, it is an awkward moment of facing the truth, but Violette's vituperative accusation to her late father (Carmet) in order to justify her motive shatters all the expectation if there is any mercifulness left in her, she is an archetype of the malevolent side of human nature, an anomaly which defies all the logical interpretation, she and Dr. Hannibal Lecter can be an adorable couple!

Stéphane Audran, whom I just appraised for her delicate performance in BABETTE'S FEAST (1987, 8/10), is astounding here as the overbearing but doting mother of Violette, she is the one we can mostly project our compassion on, yet, we might also prompt to question her tutelage, perhaps she is at least partially responsible for the decadence of her sole daughter, how Violette's double act (constantly stays in motels and hangs out someone the parents have never met) can blatantly evade a mother's instinctive nature is a shade bemusing, not to mention the intaking of unknown medicine for the sake of hereditary syphilis, at least verify with the doctor first (and in this case, both parents are too unmindful)!

New to the canon of Claude Chabrol, the pick of VIOLETTE may not be the optimum starter, the disrupted narrative never fully register any excitement barring a bitter aftertaste and shocking values of the subject matter, its foremost merit is to grant Huppert a stage to unleash her glacial pulchritude, which one can appreciate from every unyielding close-up on her, and comfortingly augurs an eminent career for her as crème de la crème of the French cinema, her screen magnetism is inherent.
½ January 12, 2012
Disjointed from about 40 minutes in, and it never generates much emotion for anyone involved.
December 15, 2011
Puzzling at times, but never enigmatic thanks to a strong performance by Huppert.
October 29, 2011
Classic Isabelle, the murderess, is she a selfish whore, or an abused child? True story.
May 3, 2011
It's difficult to watch a two-hour movie about a pathetic person; not impressed at all with my first Chabrol film.
April 18, 2010
Bleak portrait of a lost soul who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The atmosphere of the tiny apartment Violette shares with her parents conveys the claustrophobia Violette must have felt. Her calculating nature is frightening. Huppert delivers an unsettling performance.
½ March 8, 2010
IHupperts 1st role with CChabrol: well-acted, a bit like LOLITA, but I just couldnt imagine IH as an "innocent, 14 year old."
December 17, 2009
the story is based and centred on the main character, magnificently played by Isabelle Huppert, and takes us through her doubts and cold approach to her life and her family until the drama unfold...
½ November 19, 2009
A delight! I just love Violette Noziere...
½ June 10, 2009
Though Isabele Huppert doesn't look the 14 years she is supposed to be in this movie, she still does an amazing job - a fragile yet sharp character, neither completely sympathetic nor utterly hateful. The problems are more in the direction. Chabrol's movie goes over the events leading up to the film's savage denouement in great detail. You're not sure why he employs flashback in some parts; why we are invited to sympathize with the lead character (Violette Noziere, the teen temptress/jilted lover) in contrast to her 'blameless' parents. While also building up her pathetic victimhood in the cause of love, Chabrol goes through some contortions to show how fickle Violette is, etc. Real life (it is based on a true case) has these contradictions, but in film, it depends on the treatment? I came away without a sense of where Chabrol was leading the viewer. One doesn't feel that the character is complex, just that Chabrol isn't sure how to portray her.
June 6, 2009
i wasnt expecting much as i havent liked many mid period chabrol films but this one is quite good. this was the film that introduced a lot of people to isabelle huppert and the world is better off for it. overall, a film that was very well with a lot of suprises and tension. definetely among the prolific chabrol's best
½ April 7, 2009
Excellent mid-period Chabrol work; an inscrutably cold study of transgression. The young Isabelle Huppert is incredible in this film, and also very beautiful.
January 29, 2009
Parisian teenage prostitute tries to kill her parents. Hard to really care about any of the characters, but that in itself creates a certain bleakness; still, I wish Varda had made this movie instead of Chabrol.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2008
[font=Century Gothic]"Violette" is a passable movie wherein director Claude Chabrol adds a few curveballs to his usual straightforward style in telling the story of Violette(Isabelle Huppert), a teenager in the 1930's, who hangs out with her friend Maddy(Lisa Langlois). Bored with the routines of the working class existence in her parents'(Stephane Audran & Jean Carmet) apartment, she turns to get what she wants by lying, stealing and prostituting herself. In return, she contracts syphilis from a medical student(Fabrice Luchini). However, her ineffectual parents still think of her as the little girl she once was, not that far in the past. But people change, children very rapidly which includes Violette who is now standing on the cusp of adulthood. This is a state of transition enunciated by having an adult actress in the title role which also ensures that nobody gets arrested.[/font]
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