Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles)
Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles) (2005)

In a small mining town in 1930s France, Elisa, a devoted wife begins to suspect her husband Gilles is having an affair with her younger sister. Determined to save her marriage, Elisa undertakes a strange and disquieting battle to recover… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 8, 2006
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Easy to fall into, courtesy of the inviting, autumnal cinematography of Virginie Saint-Martin and the persuasive, committed and sensual performance of the title character, played by Emmanuelle Devos.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Gilles' Wife is a disquieting film of frustrating subtlety. But Devos is a compelling presence at the heart of it. She, and the scenery that is her backdrop, make it worth the three espressos you'll need to drink to stay awake through it all.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

A small, perfect storm of beautiful components brought together by Fonteyne and his team.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Were Hitchcock alive, he'd surely claim the ripe and faintly sinister Devos as his muse.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great acting and that rapturous old French blend of realism and theatricality.

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Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
TheMovieChicks.com

It's a French love story that's tragic (is there any other kind), but it does make you glad you're not in the middle of this menage a misery. It's definitely worth a look.

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety

Told primarily via body language and facial expressions with a minimum of dialogue, beautifully observed, emotionally intense tale is an ambitious and rewarding outing for Frederic Fonteyne.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I was fascinated by the face of Emmanuelle Devos, and her face is specifically why I recommend the movie.

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

While Devos provides a striking depth of emotion as Elisa, her skills aren't quite enough to keep the movie from feeling cold and distant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]In "Gilles' Wife", Elisa(Emmanuelle Devos) is a housewife married to Gilles(Clovis Cornillac), a burly factory worker, and… More