The Story of Adele H. (1975)


“I’m your wife. Forever. We’ll stay together until we die.” – Adele Hugo

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of Victor Hugo travels to North America under and assumed name in the hope of convincing her former lover, a military officer to marry her.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I never heard of before recently coming across in in my attempt to watch all movies that have garnered Oscar nominations in the acting categories.

The idea and premise of this film is quite intriguing and works much better due to the wonderful performance by Isabelle Adjani in the title role.

She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here and she makes her character come across as seeming quite realistic the whole way through.

Her character has one idea in her mind and that is that she wants to marry a former lover at all costs and things walk the fine line between obsession and love throughout.

They do a great job allowing the viewer to get a clear understanding of how close these two concepts really are even if they may seem so diverse.

We get a clear sense of her thoughts and they also show that their is a very thin borderline between reality and hallucination especially when it is simple to realize that not all is truly as it may seem.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that works due to the performance of Adjani who helps make this character feel so realistic. Her character’s one mindedness walks the fine line between obsession and love and makes the viewer get a better understanding of how these two seemingly diverse qualities could be so close in scope. The story does a nice job of trying to make sense of her thoughts and we also get to see the fine line between reality and hallucination because not all is always as it may seem. Adjani was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for her work here as Best Actress because she helps make her character seem so real throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Initially planned as a grand-scale spectacular drama with Jeanne Moreau to play the lead, then Catherine Deneuve (then having an affair with François Truffaut) was considered for the role. The film took 7 years to be made, and finally Truffaut decided on Isabelle Adjani whom he noticed on a TV broadcast of the Comédie Française: (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Story of Adele H. (1975)

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