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Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles) Reviews

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A small, perfect storm of beautiful components brought together by Fonteyne and his team.
May 12, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 14, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 17, 2006
Were Hitchcock alive, he'd surely claim the ripe and faintly sinister Devos as his muse.
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Lisa Nesselson
March 16, 2006
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.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 16, 2006
...there are copious rewards for the viewer who can let things unfold as they must.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 15, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 23, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
February 23, 2006
Somehow, the plot remains emotionally coherent -- involving, even -- amid a minimum of dialogue.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 24, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 22, 2005
I was fascinated by the face of Emmanuelle Devos, and her face is specifically why I recommend the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2005
Fonteyne invests the material with a minimalist but powerful tension, and cinematographer Virginie Saint-Martin provides one beautifully composed visual after another.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 18, 2005
This is Devos' show: She has a face as expressive as any melodrama queen from Hollywood's golden age, and for anyone who's yet to experience the power of this singular performer, this is an excellent place to start.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
November 18, 2005
This is a lyrical art movie with admittedly limited commercial appeal, but worth seeing for cinematic explorers.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 16, 2005
Elisa remains strangely silent, in a mute display of masochism that is guaranteed to make contemporary hard-core feminists grind their teeth in furious frustration.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 16, 2005
Devos is especially adept at conveying raw emotion without saying a word. Painterly cinematography by Virginie Saint-Martin adds to the film's magic.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 15, 2005
The fascinating French actress Emmanuelle Devos stars as a woman in 1930's France who discovers her husband has developed a passion for another woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Ng
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
Devos's performance is an expert workshop of internalized emotions and silent forbearance.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 14, 2005
Call it Through a Glass Fatuously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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