The Story of Adele H

1975

The Story of Adele H

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Based on the real-life diaries of Adèle Hugo, The Story of Adele H. is a psychological drama opening in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s. The daughter of famous French writer Victor Hugo, Adèle (Isabelle Adjani) has left her father's home to seek out her fiancé, the English soldier Lt. Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson). She conceals her identity and rents a room in a boarding house from Mrs. Saunders (Sylvia Marriott). Pinson wants nothing to do with her, but she still obsessively follows him and spies on his affairs. Spending her time writing madly in journals and letters, she eventually meets the bookseller (Joseph Blatchley), who develops an interest in her. Her madness grows when Mrs. Saunders discovers her true identity, and even more so when the bookseller gives her a copy of her father's latest work, +Les Miserables. When Pinson is transferred to Barbados, Adèle follows him again and sinks into insanity, living on the street. With the help of a local woman, Madame Baa (Madame Louise), Adèle returns home to her father and spends the rest of her days writing in her diary in Paris.

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Critic Reviews for The Story of Adele H

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Audience Reviews for The Story of Adele H

Isabelle Adjani is outstanding as an emotionally and psychologically unstable young woman driven to madness by unrequited love and obsession, in a gorgeous period drama that also impresses for its stunning cinematography and production design.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

After hearing for years what a "classic" this film is, I finally saw it and was gravely disappointed. What an exasperatingly one-note story. The central character pines for a military officer who does not want her, and stalks him obsessively across three countries. Her grating neediness does not win our empathy, and we have no idea why she loves him so much. We only know that she does. Gradually, she descends into madness. The end. The direction, costumes, sets and, of course, the exquisite Isabelle Adjani are lovely. Is this enough? No.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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Not a favourite, but okay.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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under the shadow of her father, Victor Hugo, the most famous man alive at the time, she tries to turn her self-destructive love (for a cad) into a work of art; this movie is directly from her diary

Adam Mahler
Adam Mahler

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