Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles)
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Gilles' Wife (La Femme de Gilles)
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 what she has lost and to become, once again, Gilles' wife.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A small, perfect storm of beautiful components brought together by Fonteyne and his team."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"...there are copious rewards for the viewer who can let things unfold as they must."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"This is Devos' show: She has a face as expressive as any melodrama queen from Hollywood's golden age, and for anyone who's yet to experience the power of this singular performer, this is an excellent place to start."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Were Hitchcock alive, he'd surely claim the ripe and faintly sinister Devos as his muse."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"It comes off as reaching too far for originality, a sense that is only tied up with a ribbon by a completely dumb and desperate twist ending."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Call it Through a Glass Fatuously."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"I was fascinated by the face of Emmanuelle Devos, and her face is specifically why I recommend the movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Somehow, the plot remains emotionally coherent -- involving, even -- amid a minimum of dialogue."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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