Gabrielle

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Patrice Chéreau's exquisite rendering of Joseph Conrad's The Return brings underlying passions to surface in a long-suffering marriage.

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Wealthy but arrogant writer Jean Hervey (Pascal Greggory) comes home one day to find that his wife, Gabrielle (Isabelle Huppert), has left him for another man. Realizing her mistake, Gabrielle returns, and the pair begin a merciless analysis of their marriage as the relationship comes undone.

Cast & Crew

Isabelle Huppert
Gabrielle Hervey
Thierry Hancisse
le rédacteur en chef
Louise Vincent
Une invitée
Patrice Chéreau
Director
Patrice Chéreau
Writer
Patrice Chéreau
Producer
Joseph Strub
Executive Producer
Fabio Vacchi
Original Music
Eric Gautier
Cinematographer
François Gédigier
Film Editor
Pascal Beraud
Casting
Mirta Guarnaschelli
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Critic Reviews for Gabrielle

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (14)

Audience Reviews for Gabrielle

  • Jan 13, 2010
    This one finally popped up as being available on DVD a couple of years ago so I finally tracked it down. Was disappointed. It wasn't compelling enough compared to other period pieces.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2007
    Collapsing marriage melodrama is too talky to enjoy.
    William G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]In "Gabrielle", Jean(Pascal Greggory) is a wealthy businessman who has been married to Gabrielle(Isabelle Huppert) for the past ten years. Together they host a literary salon every Thursday, that is much respected. One Wednesday, soon after returning home from work, Jean reads a note from his wife, informing him that she has left him for another man.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]But Gabrielle soon returns. And everybody lives happily ever after, right?[/font] [font=Century Gothic]With "Gabrielle", director Patrice Chereau pulls out all the stops in telling this devastatingly powerful tale of marriage which is based on "The Return" by Joseph Conrad. In the brief time we spend with Gabrielle and Jean, we get a very good idea of what their marriage is like...and it isn't pretty, starting with Jean considering Gabrielle little more than a possession and a key to the perfect life he imagines for himself. But how does she feel about the situation? Isabelle Huppert gives another great, fearless performance and Pascal Greggory keeps pace with her. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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