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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.
I was fascinated by the face of Emmanuelle Devos, and her face is specifically why I recommend the movie.
A small, perfect storm of beautiful components brought together by Fonteyne and his team.
It's a French love story that's tragic (is there any other kind), but it does make you glad you're not in the middle of this menage a misery. It's definitely worth a look.
While Devos provides a striking depth of emotion as Elisa, her skills aren't quite enough to keep the movie from feeling cold and distant.
...there are copious rewards for the viewer who can let things unfold as they must.
It comes off as reaching too far for originality, a sense that is only tied up with a ribbon by a completely dumb and desperate twist ending.
Somehow, the plot remains emotionally coherent -- involving, even -- amid a minimum of dialogue.
[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]
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