The Story of Adèle H.

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Truffaut's film follows the course of Adèle Hugo (Adjani), the daughter of Victor Hugo, as she travels from Guernsey to Nova Scotia, and finally to Barbados, in search of a man who clearly doesn't love her. The film is a disaster because, in place of the self-conscious reflection of her predicament conveyed by Adèle's journal (on which the film is based), Truffaut opts for the Hollywood formula of hapless unrequited love. The result is a movie that centres on a woman's weakness, rather than on the strength necessary to put into practice her considered decisions.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: François Truffaut
Screenwriter: François Truffaut, Jean Gruault, Suzanne Schiffman
Cast: Isabelle Adjani
Bruce Robinson
Sylvia Marriott
Joseph Blatchley
Reubin Dorey
François Truffaut

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just me

Fascinating, true story of Victor Hugo's daughter's obsession with a British officer. Truffaut captures her madness brilliantly.

just me

Fascinating, true story of Victor Hugo's daughter's obsession with a British officer. Truffaut captures her madness brilliantly.