Story Of Adele H PG

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Halifax, 1863. A young woman, miss Lewly, comes to Halifax to search for Lt Pinson, whom she is madly in love with. Actually, she is Adele Hugo, the second daughter of the great French poet.

Starring:
Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

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Story Of Adele H

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director François Truffaut
Starring Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson
Supporting actors Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley, Ivry Gitlis, Louise Bourdet, Cecil De Sausmarez, Ruben Dorey, Clive Gillingham, Roger Martin, M. White, Madame Louise, Jean-Pierre Leursse, Geoffroy Crook, Chantal Durpoix, Raymond Falla, David Foote, Jacques Frejabue, Carl Hathwell, Edward J. Jackson
Studio VIACOM Media Networks
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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This is a movie about a young woman driven to obsession & losing her health, mind, love & finally life.
Nikki
This is the true story of Victor Hugo's daughter Adele, who enamoured of a military man, follows him to Halifax and refuses to accept his rejection.
Carmela Altieri
The maddening nature of obsession is well depicted and the story is focused and unfolds at a deliberate pace.
Dennis Littrell

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The descent into delusion and insanity is skillfully portrayed by Isabelle Adjani in this film that opens by stating that it is about "events that really happened, and people who really existed".
Set mostly in Halifax, beginning in 1863, the cinematography by Nestor Almendros is exquisite, with the camera lovingly capturing Adjani's gorgeous face. Using a somber palette, with occasional patches of brilliant red, it often has the look of an old painting, and the music of the early 20th century composer Maurice Jaubert fits in nicely.
Francois Truffaut (who 19 minutes into the film makes a brief cameo appearance) tells this story with gentleness and sensitivity, keeping the pace flowing; though a rather gloomy tale, it never gets either depressing or boring. It shows what started out as love, with a resolution to bravely cross the ocean to be with her lover, become increasingly demented, from being a stalker, to debasing herself by her willingness to "share", to the end, which takes place in Barbados. In the short and almost mute part of Baa, Madame Louise is a powerful and beautiful presence.
Adjani won numerous awards for this 1975 film, and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar (Louise Fletcher won for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"). Though the make-up is subtle and clever, it's her stellar performance that bring believability to this film.
The historical photos and information in the final scene are fascinating, and make for a satisfying ending to another of Truffaut's great films, and one I have enjoyed seeing numerous times.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on June 12, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Thirty years later it is hard to imagine "The Story of Adele H" without the then twenty-year old Isabelle Adjani as the title character. But at the time Truffaut's decision to cast the young French theatre star was very risky. Not because there was any doubt about Adjani's acting, but because casting someone who was arguably the most beautiful actress in the world as a character driven mad by unrequited love raised a potential credibility issue. Would viewers believe that the advances of a woman so beautiful, passionate, and intelligent were rejected? And could someone like that elicit sympathy from the average viewer.

But Truffaut knew what he was doing because Adjani's Adele Hugo is 100% convincing. And rather than going for audience sympathy they go for audience frustration as the viewer is increasingly exasperated over Adele's self-destructive behavior. Adjani's breathtaking beauty actually is an asset as Truffaut wants you convinced that the world offers unlimited possibilities for Adele if only she can let go of her obsession. Adjani plays the character with such intensity that you are finally relieved when Adele's madness has reached the stage where she is no longer aware of her own suffering.

Apparently Adele had other issues before going on her obsessive quest for love. Her sister drowned a few years before and her parents had always strongly favored her sister. Adele has recurrent nightmares about drowning. Marriage and her pursuit of Pinson are her only way to escape from her famous father. Truffaut's stays with blacks, browns, and blues; with much of each frame filled with shadows; not exactly dreary but consistent with a character who has found little non-fantasy happiness during her life.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Carmela Altieri on January 24, 2003
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Isabelle Adjani again takes on a role of the rejected lover. This is the true story of Victor Hugo's daughter Adele, who enamoured of a military man, follows him to Halifax and refuses to accept his rejection. She does a fine job of depicting a young lady who has gone off the edge. The story is reminiscent of her portrayal of Camille Claudel, another excellent movie. Isabelle Adjani is beautiful to look at and does a fine job of portraying Adele. I enjoyed this film very much. For those who do not understand French, there are moments when English is used throughout the film. The subtitles do justice to the French.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 1999
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I first saw this movie 20+ years ago, and it has stuck with me ever since. I'm not sure if that's because of the beautiful Isabelle Adjani, or because it's a heart-breaking romance. The H in Adele H stands for Hugo, and yes, she is the daughter of the great French writer, Victor Hugo. I don't remember a spectacular setting, or a mighty cast of characters, but I do remember a tragic romance and a most gorgeous woman. It's not action packed, but it will get to you. Maybe watch it alone on a quiet evening.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
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This is the most amazing story of obsessive love I have ever seen. Isabel Adjani is so attractive it takes my breath away. I could watch this movie over and over, and have. The cinematography is very good, and the acting is also exceptional.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on July 29, 2001
Format: DVD
This is done in a semi-documentary style in that it switches back and forth between a narrative format and dramatic scenes. It deals with the life of the daughter of Victor Hugo and her obsession with a young British officer who lacks even the slightest interest in her. It was quite well done and visually beautiful, but a bit hard to take as she deteriorates from a beautiful, well-off young girl into a street crazy. Don't watch this if you are looking for a happy ending, feel-good sort of film or have a lot of scars from an unrequited love (a friend of mine couldn't finish watching it), but if you have an interest in 19th century culture and society it is worth your time.
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