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A Feature film by Patrice Chéreau

Produced by Azor Films

Release in France : 28/09/2005


    It’s a house where people like to come to spend long evenings listening, looking, laughing, defending an idea and then its opposite. The advantage of being part of a social circle is that everyone knows each other well. Outbursts of frankness or excessive secretiveness, moments of doubt, or of well-founded or unfounded joy… there’s a place for everything, much to the pleasure of everyone, guests and hosts combined.
    The hosts’ existence is the envy of everyone; they’re a perfect couple, their lives are a success. But, all of a sudden, the motor falters. One day, one of them leaves, and is slow to return. And when the doorbell finally rings, the world is a different place. One day, a man and a woman find themselves in the house and truly see each other for the first time. One wanted this, the other didn’t. One wants to talk, the other doesn’t. It’s difficult being together in the same house when you no longer want the same things.

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Azor Films

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    Tamasa Distribution

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    Based on Joseph Conrad’s short story, The Return, Patrice Chéreau’s Gabrielle faithfully adapts the writer’s brilliant piece of prose into a visual and narrative delight. Re-creating turn-of-the-century France with superb attention to detail, Chéreau casts an unrelenting gaze on the events that overwhelm a seemingly happily married couple. In the opening sequence, Jean Hervey (Pascal Greggory) descends from a train and reflects on the sturdiness of his life, but it’s not long before his self-satisfaction is rudely shattered as he discovers a letter from his wife, Gabrielle (Isabelle Huppert). The contents of the message will cause his sense of security to crumble and plunge him into newfound feelings of vulnerability and abandonment. The combination of atmospheric settings, ardent performances, and painterly camera work makes Gabrielle a magical and absorbing piece of cinema. Description adapted from Piers Handling, Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Assistant Director :

    Antoine Garceau

    Screenwriters :

    Anne-Louise Trividic, Patrice Chéreau

    Sound recordists :

    Guillaume Sciama, Benoît Hillebrant, Olivier Dô Hûu

    Production Manager :

    Serge Catoire

    Editor :

    François Gédigier

    Production Designer :

    Olivier Radot

    Casting :

    Pascale Béraud

    Still Photographer :

    Luc Roux

    Author of original work :

    Joseph Conrad

    Director of Photography :

    Éric Gautier

    Assistant Operators :

    Néwine Behi, Claire Nicol

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Fabio Vacchi

    Costume designer :

    Caroline de Vivaise

    Location Manager :

    Éric Chabot

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    Feature film

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    Italy, France

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    Majority French (Italy, France)

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    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (9)

    Festival Selections (23)

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2006

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2006)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2006

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2006)


    French films selected

    Lumiere Awards - 2006

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2006)


    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2006

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2006)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - 2005

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada, 2005)


    International Competition

    TIFF - 2005

    TIFF (Canada, 2005)



    Venice International Film Festival  - 2005

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2005)


    Official Competition

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2006)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Costume Design : Caroline de Vivaise

    César Award for Best Production Design : Olivier Radot

    Lumiere Awards - 2006

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2006)


    Meilleure Actrice : Isabelle Huppert

    Venice International Film Festival  - 2005

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2005)


    Special Golden Lion from the Jury : Isabelle Huppert

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