The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) (2000)

The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)

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Critic Consensus: Critics are impressed with The Widow of St. Pierre's intriguing story and beautiful cinematography.


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Long-established director Emir Kusturica makes his acting debut in Patrice Leconte's 19th century tale of a loyal, strong-willed woman who follows her soldier husband to a desolate French territory off the coast of Newfoundland. Madame La (Juliette Binoche) lives in marital bliss on the island of Saint-Pierre with her loving, oddball husband (Daniel Auteuil), simply called "the Captain" by his charges. Their world is upset one night, however, when two visiting sailors on a bender murder a local … More

Rating: R (for a scene of sexuality and brief violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Faraldo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2001
Runtime:
Lions Gate Releasing - Official Site

Cast


as Captain

as Neel Auguste

as The Governor

as President Venot

as Customs Officer

as Louis Ollivier

as Rear Admiral

as Governor's Father

as M. Chevassus

as La Malvilain

as The Proprietor

as The Governor's Wife

as President Venot's Wi...

as Governor's Child

as Governor's Child

as Adrienne

as Washhouse Woman

as Washhouse Woman

as Mme. Chevassus

as Father Coupard

as Captain Dumontier

as Captain of the Marie...

as Captain Goelette/Ray...

as The Brigadier

as Young Soldier

as The Orderly

as Town Crier

as Assessor

as Granjean

as Cafe Customer

as The Child
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Critic Reviews for The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (35)

A work of art that immerses you in a time and place so completely that it could be a documentary.

April 20, 2001
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Sad and beautiful.

Full Review… | April 13, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

A compelling French Canadian drama.

Full Review… | April 13, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

The film seems to be saying, though, that the taking of a life -- whether by murderers or by the state -- is only possible when we refuse to recognize the humanity in others. And this is a message we all need to hear.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Issues of life and death, love and friendship play out delicately and powerfully.

Full Review… | April 6, 2001
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Few films have set up the contrast between the cruel machinery of human justice and the piercing glory of Christian mercy more starkly and profoundly.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)

An affirmation of the complexity of women. Here, a guard captain's wife campaigns for the life of a condemned man, knowing that her actions threaten her husband's career and possibly endanger his life. Perplexing behavior indeed but director Patrice Leconte uses it to full effect, adding humanistic elements to what otherwise could have been a listless period piece. An intelligent, insightful film.

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Randy Tippy

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Such a sad and hopeless movie. People weren't very nice back in 1849! Hopefully the Widow can find a love in her life again. I was dissapointed Louis didn't live very long.

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Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

A dark, passionate tale of a woman who sets out to redeem a convicted murderer. She succeeds, but at what cost to herself, to the convict himself, and to the colony of St. Pierre? Juliette Binoche is, as usual, radiantly beautiful, compassionate, and firey as the Madame La. Daniel Autiuel plays her husband, La Capitain, as a principled man who throws caution to the wind because of his love for her. A bleak, cold landscape, properly pompous civil authorities, and the squalor of life in a far outpost of the French Republic all gave the film an authentic feel. This viewer hoped for goodness to win out, but expected tragedy, and was not disappointed. Always four stars for Ms Binoche!

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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