The Widow of Saint-Pierre

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Critics are impressed with The Widow of St. Pierre's intriguing story and beautiful cinematography.

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An emotionally-charged romantic epic about an extraordinary woman poised between two extraordinary men at a pivotal moment in time. Set in 1850 on the desolate and intensely beautiful island of Saint-Pierre, the film is a powerful and provocative examination of grand passions and their consequences. A single twist of fate sets the plot in motion, establishing that the twin forces of character and destiny can work together to alter lives in unexpected and even unimaginable ways.

Cast & Crew

Emir Kusturica
Neel Auguste
Christian Charmetant
Commissaire de la Marine
Marc Béland
Soldier Loïc
Ghyslain Tremblay
Monsieur Chevassus
Frédéric Brillion
Producer
Daniel Louis
Co-Producer
Denise Robert
Co-Producer
Pascal Estève
Original Music
Eduardo Serra
Cinematographer
Joëlle Hache
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Critic Reviews for The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)

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Audience Reviews for The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)

  • Jun 03, 2009
    Neel Auguste ( Kusturica) is condemn to death for a murder on the little island of Saint-Pierre, which was, a territory of France. The guillotine( Veuve) is the instrument of death in France at that time. But the island doesn't have its "Veuve" and one is to be sent from Martinique. In the waiting, the convict is kept in prison at the captain's ( Daniel Auteuil) residence. The captain's wife (Binoche) is convinced that the murderer deserves a second chance and she's working towards that goal. All the performances did a great job, especially Juliette Binoche and Emir Kusturica. Their chemistry is shown so real and keeps the viewer hooked to see what will finally happen.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 01, 2009
    A dark, passionate tale of a woman who sets out to redeem a convicted murderer. She succeeds, but at what cost to herself, to the convict himself, and to the colony of St. Pierre? Juliette Binoche is, as usual, radiantly beautiful, compassionate, and firey as the Madame La. Daniel Autiuel plays her husband, La Capitain, as a principled man who throws caution to the wind because of his love for her. A bleak, cold landscape, properly pompous civil authorities, and the squalor of life in a far outpost of the French Republic all gave the film an authentic feel. This viewer hoped for goodness to win out, but expected tragedy, and was not disappointed. Always four stars for Ms Binoche!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2009
    An affirmation of the complexity of women. Here, a guard captain's wife campaigns for the life of a condemned man, knowing that her actions threaten her husband's career and possibly endanger his life. Perplexing behavior indeed but director Patrice Leconte uses it to full effect, adding humanistic elements to what otherwise could have been a listless period piece. An intelligent, insightful film.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2007
    Such a sad and hopeless movie. People weren't very nice back in 1849! Hopefully the Widow can find a love in her life again. I was dissapointed Louis didn't live very long.
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