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Violette Nozière (1978)

Violette Nozière (1978)

Violette Nozière




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Claude Chabrol's Violette was based on the true story of 19-year-old Violette Noziere, who in the 1930s was tried and convicted for the poisoning of her father and the attempted murder of her mother. As played by Isabelle Huppert (who won several awards for her performance), Violette is a thrill-seeking girl who falls for a no-good slug from the slums of Paris. Anxious to give money to her lover, Violette hatches the patricide scheme in order to inherit her father's fortune. But Violette's mother, played as an deglamorized drudge by the otherwise stunning Stephane Audran, is not so easily disposed of; it is her testimony that condemns Violette, first to the guillotine, then to a commuted life sentence. In emulation of his idol Alfred Hitchcock, director Chabrol manages to evoke a measure of sympathy and audience identification for his thoroughly dislikable leading character. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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On DVD: May 8, 2007


Isabelle Huppert
as Violette Noziere
Jean Carmet
as Baptiste Noziere
Stéphane Audran
as Germaine Noziere
Zoe Chauveau
as Zoe the Maid
Jean Dalmain
as Mr. Emile
Guy Hoffman
as the Judge
Henri-Jacques Huet
as Commissioner Guillea...
Bernard Lajarrige
as Andre De Pinguet
Dominique Zardi
as Boy in Cafe
Bernadette Lafont
as Violette's Cellmate
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Critic Reviews for Violette Nozière

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Chabrol's attempt to arouse sympathy for his heartless protagonist seemed a reach.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Huppert's baby-fat monster is a neat landmine of familial tensions, and Chabrol knows just how far to push it

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Though the film tends to follow the trajectory of surface events and not delve deeper into either psychological motivations or historical influences, Chabrol's moody flourishes and storytelling tapestry are never less than mesmerizing.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Violette Nozière

[font=Century Gothic]"Violette" is a passable movie wherein director Claude Chabrol adds a few curveballs to his usual straightforward style in telling the story of Violette(Isabelle Huppert), a teenager in the 1930's, who hangs out with her friend Maddy(Lisa Langlois). Bored with the routines of the working class existence in her parents'(Stephane Audran & Jean Carmet) apartment, she turns to get what she wants by lying, stealing and prostituting herself. In return, she contracts syphilis from a medical student(Fabrice Luchini). However, her ineffectual parents still think of her as the little girl she once was, not that far in the past. But people change, children very rapidly which includes Violette who is now standing on the cusp of adulthood. This is a state of transition enunciated by having an adult actress in the title role which also ensures that nobody gets arrested.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

It's difficult to watch a two-hour movie about a pathetic person; not impressed at all with my first Chabrol film.

Jeff B

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