The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.)
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The Story of Adele H (L'Histoire d'Adèle H.)
Based on the real-life diaries of Adèle Hugo, The Story of Adele H. is a psychological drama opening in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s. The daughter of famous French writer Victor Hugo, Adèle (Isabelle Adjani) has left her father's home to seek out her fiancé, the English soldier Lt. Albert Pinson (Bruce Robinson). She conceals her identity and rents a room in a boarding house from Mrs. Saunders (Sylvia Marriott). Pinson wants nothing to do with her, but she still obsessively follows him and spies on his affairs. Spending her time writing madly in journals and letters, she eventually… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Truffaut has taken this factual material and made it into a strange, moody film that belongs very much with the darker side of his work."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Love, obssession, and madness, key issues in most of Truffaut's work, also define this meticulously made 1975 film, arguably his last masterpiece."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Polished but bland costume drama"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Adjani is so uncommonly pretty and smart at the start of the film that her degeneration manages to catch us completely off guard."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Looks and sounds like no other Truffaut film you've ever seen."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Brilliant performance by Adjani."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Among Truffaut's greatest pictures, with a nuanced, revelatory performance from a 19-year-old Isabelle Adjani at its core."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Its intensity is impressive and remains uncompromised by the prettifying aesthetic touches Truffaut adds here and there in an apparent attempt to distance himself from the overcharged material."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of Truffaut's best"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Shot in the dead center of director François Truffaut's career, this is a frivilous curiosity for Truffaut and Hugo scholars... but little more."
‑ Christopher Null,
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