The Story of Adele H (1975)

The Story of Adele H (1975)

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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.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Studio:
United Artists

Cast

Isabelle Adjani
as Adele Hugo
Bruce Robinson
as Lt. Albert Pinson
Sylvia Marriott
as Mrs. Saunders
Reuben Dorey
as Mr. Saunders
M. White
as Col. White
Reubin Dorey
as Mr. Saunders
Joseph Blatchley
as Mr. Whistler
Ivry Gitlis
as Hypnotist
Cecil De Sausmarez
as Mr. Lenoir
Cecil de Saumarez
as M. Lenoir
Raymond Falla
as Judge Johnstone
Raymone Falla
as Judge Johnstone
Jacques Fréjabue
as Cabinetmaker
Edward Jackson
as O'Brien
Carl Hathwell
as Lt. Pinson's Batman
Roger Martin
as Dr. Murdock
Madame Louise
as Mme. Baa
Mr. White
as Colonel
François Truffaut
as Officer On Ramparts
Louise Bourdet
as Victor Hugo's servant
Aurelia Mansion
as Widow with Dogs
David Foote
as Young Boy
Chantal Durpoix
as Young whore
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Critic Reviews for The Story of Adele H

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Truffaut has taken this factual material and made it into a strange, moody film that belongs very much with the darker side of his work.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Looks and sounds like no other Truffaut film you've ever seen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Its intensity is impressive and remains uncompromised by the prettifying aesthetic touches Truffaut adds here and there in an apparent attempt to distance himself from the overcharged material.

Full Review… | May 7, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Truffaut's study of Adele is ofttimes almost clinical in nature, but Adjani brings more than enough volcanic passion to the project.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for The Story of Adele H

Isabelle Adjani is outstanding as this emotionally and psychologically unstable young woman driven into 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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Not a favourite, but okay.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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