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Gabrielle (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Oct 12, 2005
BoxOffice: $0.1M

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country Germany, France, Italy

Production Companies
Azor Films, arte France Cinéma (co-production), Studio Canal (co-production), Love Streams Productions (co-production), Albachiara S.p.a. (co-production), Network Movie Film-und Fernsehproduktion (co-production), Canal+ (participation), arte France Dév

Studio IFC Films

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• Gabrielle (2005)

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Genre: Romance, Drama

Plot: GABRIELLE is Patrice Chéreau's stunning adaptation of the short story "The Return" by Joseph Conrad. Recreating turn-of-the-century France with superb attention to detail, Chéreau casts an unrelenting gaze on the marital breakdown that overwhelms a middle-aged bourgeois couple, played with chilling precision by Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory. Co-written by Chéreau and Anne-Louise Trividic, the film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival and has since played at the Toronto, New York and San Francisco film festivals.

The opening shots mirror the first paragraphs of Conrad's story, as wealthy Parisian Monsieur Hervey (Greggory) descends from a train into the teeming bustle of the city. While on his way home, he reflects on the success of his life and the fortress of security he has built around himself. It is not long before his self-satisfaction is rudely shattered when he discovers a letter from his wife, Gabrielle (Huppert), waiting for him on his sideboard. The contents of the message will crumble that security and plunge him into newfound feelings of vulnerability, abandonment and betrayal. Husband and wife soon find themselves engaged in a parry-and-thrust of emotions that change mid-sentence and stretch their ability to

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 Directed by
 Written by
Anne-Louise Trividic
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Isabelle Huppert
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Pascal Greggory
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Claudia Coli
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Thierry Hancisse
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Chantal Neuwirth
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Louise Vincent
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 Music By
Fabio Vacchi
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