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361 Ratings


Directed by Patrice Chéreau
France, Germany, 2005
Drama, History, Romance


From Joseph Conrad’s short story, The Return, director Patrice Chéreau tells the story of a wealthy couple’s declining marriage after the discovery of a letter belonging to Gabrielle (Isabelle Huppert).

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Gabrielle Directed by Patrice Chéreau
Patrice Chéreau, the onetime enfant terrible of the opera world, has grown up into a new identity as a cerebral filmmaker, heir to the vacant Great Man of Cinema throne.
November 23, 2006
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The film works like a pressure cooker, seething with bottled passions that intermittently burst through with startling cruelty and violence.
July 10, 2006
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Patrice Chéreau’s adaptation is as compact and precise as the Conrad original, and a stunning reinvention of the period chamber drama.
July 04, 2006
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What are people saying?

  • PAIGE VERMEULEN's rating of the film Gabrielle

    The toxicity of male dictatorship in a marriage. To own someone so as to enjoy them. What were you expecting from a loveless contract? I like how the director brings elemets of drama into hyper focus. Hands, a letter. Changes the color of the film from color to black and white ot dramaticize the scenes. Artfully put together and a whirlwind of emotion to follow.

  • Patrick's rating of the film Gabrielle

    This film is all the insecurities you had while in love distilled into one entrancing, nightmarish experience. A couple bound together more by cruelty and a desire for dignity than any feelings of affection. Huppert delivers her silent suffering well with her usual detachment. Paradoxically, Jean wanted an object for a wife, but seethed when she acted as such.

  • Sunrise's rating of the film Gabrielle

    Incredibly perceptive work! Of fidelity, whom bridges the "two worlds" of the sexes? Men are of belief and application of societal rules, convictions as goals achieved, expository declarations and alignment of words and ideals. Women of implicit passions, truth in actions rather than contemplations, and the comprehension of the male "rules" without the need of their belief. One manages diffusion only with sacrifice.

  • comeandsee's rating of the film Gabrielle

    an engaging and interesting work of film. a really effective period piece, with some interesting use of alternating black and white and colour to display different points of action. sedate and well paced, this film has a real ethereal mood to it. isabelle huppert gives the painful, tortured kind of performance she has become the best in the world at with a kind of unseen emotional violence.

  • Olufunlayo's rating of the film Gabrielle

    A masterpiece! Highly recommended.

  • Edwin N's rating of the film Gabrielle

    Patrice Chereau filme d'une facon assez subtile les non-dits qui hantent les couples, et d'une efficacite rare.Huppert est extraordinaire, tandisque la performance de Pascal Greggory est habitee tel que l'on a encore jamais vu aujourd'hui.Il semble se defouler, devient fou, se mondre posseseur de demons.Les sequences noir-blanc/couleurs sont plutots pretentieuses, mais elles cachent un quelconque symbolisme.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Gabrielle

    Very hard to watch. Cruelty and melodrama. I could have done without much of the music. It's that music that pushes it towards melodrama. On the other hand it really punches up some of the scenes. Took me 5 sittings to get through it.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Gabrielle

    The problem here is that the husband is such a douche bag. He's been fine viewing her as a prized automated mannequin who does and says all the right things. His narcissistic reaction to finding out that she is made of flesh and blood is tediously melodramatic. Perhaps if the script had other plotlines to give us a break and/or make him more sympathetic, we would find it all less tedious. The servants are good.

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