Violette (2014)

Violette Leduc, born out of wedlock at the beginning of the 20th century, encountered Simone de Beauvoir in the post-WWII years in St-Germain-des-Prés. The intense relationship between the two women would last their entire lives, a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 13, 2014
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Led by an outstanding performance from Emmanuelle Devos, Violette is a rewarding, bracingly honest look at social mores and the literary life.

Missy Schwartz
Entertainment Weekly

She [Emmanuelle Devos] gives a tremendous performance, somehow managing to turn an emotion as ugly as self-loathing into something beautiful to behold.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A literate, leisurely and lovely telling of one woman's attempt to find what Virginia Woolf famously called "a room of one's own."

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Siobhan Synnot

Emmanuelle Devos stars as volatile feminist writer Violette Leduc in Martin Provost's epic biopic, with Sandrine Kiberlain as her unrequited literary love, Simone de Beauvoir.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

"Violette" demonstrates how suffering produces great art, and that the artist isn't the only one who suffers for it.

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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

So compelling, even thrilling, in its frank depictions of female sexual voracity, professional egotism and twisted variants on the Electra complex that it's easy to overlook [its] shaggy, uneven plotting.

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Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

Whilst requiring an investment of audience, it is full on without being emotionally draining and is a remarkable character study of a woman coming to terms with herself.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a perfect approach to Leduc, whose work is so grounded in the messy, fleshy realities of life, it scandalized critics with its frank treatment of taboo subjects such as lesbianism and incest.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Movies about the literary process can prove problematic. The act of writing is a solitary one. Yet "Violette" mostly avoids the pitfalls associated with movies about writers by limiting the scenes of Violette scribbling furiously in a notebook.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

[Leduc] remains a small and rather irritating sideshow to the more powerful St Germain crowd, and the focus on her life is surprisingly dull.

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During the occupation, Violette Leduc(Emmanuelle Devos) works in the black market in order to support her and her lackadaisical friend Maurice(Olivier Sy) in… More