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La Veuve de Saint-Pierre

  • 2000
  • Patrice Leconte
  • 107 mins
  • 15

Summary

Period romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche. In a remote French island off the Canadian coast, the wife of a military commander shows compassion to a man awaiting the guillotine. Despite the disapproval of the colony's governors, it is not long before the condemned man has the support of the whole community.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Set in 1850, Patrice Leconte's sombre tragedy unfolds against the austere backdrop of Saint-Pierre, a small French island off the Canadian coast. A drunken drifter (played by Yugoslavian film director Emir Kusturica) is found guilty of murder and is sentenced to death. There being neither guillotine nor executioner on the isle, the condemned man is placed in the custody of captain Daniel Auteuil and his wife, Juliette Binoche, who become attached to their prisoner and plot his escape. It's an unusual story, told with empathy and precision, while Binoche and Auteuil are well-matched as the couple who risk all in a selfless and ultimately self-destructive act of compassion. Still, it's a bit dreary at times, with little of the visual splendour of Leconte's previous efforts, Ridicule and The Girl on the Bridge.

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Credits

Cast

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Madame LaJuliette Binoche
The CaptainDaniel Auteuil
Neel AugusteEmir Kusturica
The GovernorMichel Duchaussoy
President VenotPhilippe Magnan
Naval commissionerChristian Charmetant
Head customs officialPhilippe du Janerand
Monsieur ChevassusGhyslain Tremblay

Crew

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DirectorPatrice Leconte

Details

Theatrical distributor
Film Four
Released on
2000-08-04
Languages
French
Guidance
Contains violence and sex scenes.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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