The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)
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The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre)
Long-established director Emir Kusturica makes his acting debut in Patrice Leconte's 19th century tale of a loyal, strong-willed woman who follows her soldier husband to a desolate French territory off the coast of Newfoundland. Madame La (Juliette Binoche) lives in marital bliss on the island of Saint-Pierre with her loving, oddball husband (Daniel Auteuil), simply called "the Captain" by his charges. Their world is upset one night, however, when two visiting sailors on a bender murder a local citizen. Neel (Kusturica) is sentenced to death, but the other one dies in a carriage… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A work of art that immerses you in a time and place so completely that it could be a documentary."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"The film seems to be saying, though, that the taking of a life -- whether by murderers or by the state -- is only possible when we refuse to recognize the humanity in others. And this is a message we all need to hear."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Protagonizando uma história emocionalmente complexa, Binoche, Auteuil e Kusturica conferem peso dramático aos seus personagens, apesar da direção distante de Leconte impedir que o espectador se envolva intensamente com a trama."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
‑ Christopher Null,
"While the outcome of the story may be telegraphed, director Patrice Leconte ("Girl on the Bridge") shrouds his film in many layers of mystery."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Sad and beautiful."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Issues of life and death, love and friendship play out delicately and powerfully."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"When it comes right down to it, Leconte understands that Binoche's face tells all the story we need."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Leconte is an expert at his craft and, with his fine cast and crew, continues to please."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"A compelling French Canadian drama."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Few films have set up the contrast between the cruel machinery of human justice and the piercing glory of Christian mercy more starkly and profoundly."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"It's a tale about wishy-washy humanitarianism."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Leconte again manages to be one of the filmmakers of any nationality who can create convincing romantic attachments."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"An affecting drama."
‑ Michael Dequina,