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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 relationship based on the quest for freedom through writing for Violette and for Simone, on the conviction that she held the fate of an extraordinary writer in her hands. (c) Adopt
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An exquisite character study for the literary-minded."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"While pacing is sometimes an issue, the emotional textures of the effort are stunning, with Devos digging into the abyssal feeling of dissatisfaction that forced the writer to gut herself to ultimately find peace."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A biopic in fragments, Martin Provost's Violette often feels like a manuscript with every other page torn out"
‑ Andrew Lapin, The Dissolve
"A literate, leisurely and lovely telling of one woman's attempt to find what Virginia Woolf famously called "a room of one's own.""
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Yes, her capacity for such deeply wretched feelings is necessary to her art; the film succeeds at convincing us of that. But it doesn't inspire a lot of sympathy for a woman who is so clearly the author of her own misery."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"A chilly but not uninteresting biography of the tortured, bisexual writer Violette Leduc, played by a fully committed Emmanuelle Devos."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Unevenness is Leduc's between sophistication and naiveté, yet this is a candid tribute to how her and Beauvoir's idiosyncratic partnership promulgated a frank literature."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"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."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"A strong account of a literary friendship, a case of two opposites attracting, even if the nature of the attraction was different on each side."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Throughout, Devos manages to capture the passion that made Leduc so difficult to deal with at times, but which also compelled her to put her unvarnished thoughts and experiences down on the page."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Unfortunately, Provost mostly avoids Leduc's substantial literary contribution in favor of depicting her life solely through her friends and mentors, and her mother Berthe with whom she had a dysfunctional relationship."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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