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Enfer, L' (1994)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 19, 1994
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 23, 1998

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country France

Studio Canal Plus, CED Productions, Cinemanuel, Counceil Regional Midi Pyrenee, France 3 Cinema, MK2 Productions, Procirep

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Other Titles
• L'Enfer
• Hell
• Jealousy
• Torment (1994)

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Genre: Drama, Psychodrama, Infidelity, Betrayal, Psychos, Suspense, Experimental, Marriage, Disturbing, Mental Illness

Plot: Claude Chabrol's L'ENFER is the story of a good marriage that turns sour when obsessive jealousy takes hold of a loving husband, turning him into a violent, paranoid tyrant. In this tense and riveting drama, originally written by master French director Henri-Georges Clouzot (LES DIABOLIQUES), Paul (Francois Cluzet), the hardworking owner of a beautiful hotel, begins to hear voices in his head convincing him that his wife Nelly (Emmanuelle Beart) is being unfaithful. The glorious romance and bliss of their early days of marriage is swiftly replaced by Paul's incoherent and obsessive fantasies about Nelly's infidelity. As the pace and severity of Paul's delusions increase, so does the tension and drama of the film, as tragedy looms in the distance. The hotel, once the spot of married bliss and harmony, quickly becomes Nelly's prison, as Paul accuses Nelly's friends of encouraging her supposed flings and forbids her to see them. With his hysterical ravings, he prevents Nelly from leaving the premises. Chabrol's use of Paul's interior monologues and delusionary projections creates a terrifying gap between fantasy and reality, and leaves the fate of the desperate and troubled lovers in question, even at the end of the film.

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 Directed by
Claude Chabrol
A Judgement in Stone, Nightcap, The Butcher
 Written by
Claude Chabrol
Unfaithful, A Judgement in Stone, Nightcap
Henri-Georges Clouzot
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Nathalie Cardone
The Little Thief, Sourire, Le
Marc Lavoine
The Good Thief, Coeur des hommes, Le, Blanche
Christiane Minazzoli
Histoire d'O, Madame Bovary, Betty
Dora Doll
The Young Lions, Julia, Touchez pas au grisbi
Mario David
The Gendarme and the Creatures from Outer Space, The Magnificent One, The Brain
Jean-Pierre Cassel
The Crimson Rivers, Prêt-à-Porter, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Thomas Chabrol
The Flower of Evil, Au coeur du mensonge, Rien ne va plus
 Music By
Matthieu Chabrol
A Judgement in Stone, Nightcap, The Flower of Evil

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