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Gabrielle (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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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The events that overwhelm a middle-aged, seemingly happily married couple. The arrogant, bourgeois M. Hervey descends from a train into the teeming bustle of the city. While on his way home, he reflects on the sturdiness of his life: the success he has made of it, and the fortress of security he has built around himself. It is not long before his self-satisfaction is rudely shattered when he discovers a letter from his wife, Gabrielle, waiting for him on his sideboard. The contents of the message will crumble that security and plunge him into newfound feelings of vulnerability, abandonment and betrayal. Husband and wife find themselves engaged in a parry-and-thrust of emotions that change mid-sentence and stretch their ability to function and live in the same house.


Isabelle Huppert
as Gabrielle Hervey
Pascal Greggory
as Jean Hervey
Thierry Hancisse
as Editor-in-Chief
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Critic Reviews for Gabrielle

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (23)

Although it is possible that French actress Isabelle Huppert makes the occasional false move, she does not make them in front of a camera.

November 17, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

This is a careful and cinematic adaptation that rings with painful truth.

Full Review… | November 16, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

For the most part, [Chereau] lets Huppert and Greggory provide the emotional impact. They respond accordingly, imbuing their mutual suffering with an exacting and moving finesse.

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

Chereau matches Conrad's insistence on psychological accuracy, burrowing through the protective layers of self-delusion that hold so many human relationships together.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Denver Post
Top Critic

Husband and wife, upper-class couple Jean and Gabrielle Hervey, are played, to perfection, by two of France's premier film actors: Pascal Greggory and Isabelle Huppert.

September 7, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Greggory is up to that journey, revealing the character in his various colors, and Huppert is at her usual best, subtle, emotionally full, focused and honest.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gabrielle


Dark, real and fabulously constructed. From the story The Return by Joseph Conrad. You will be turning it over in your mind for days after.

Gareth Richards
Gareth Richards

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Collapsing marriage melodrama is too talky to enjoy.

William Goss
William Goss

Super Reviewer

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