Gabrielle (2006)

The events that overwhelm a middle-aged, seemingly happily married couple. The arrogant, bourgeois M. Hervey descends from a train into the teeming bustle of the city. While on his way home, he reflects on the sturdiness of his life: the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 14, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Patrice Chéreau's exquisite rendering of Joseph Conrad's The Return brings underlying passions to surface in a long-suffering marriage.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Although it is possible that French actress Isabelle Huppert makes the occasional false move, she does not make them in front of a camera.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

Chereau matches Conrad's insistence on psychological accuracy, burrowing through the protective layers of self-delusion that hold so many human relationships together.

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Fernando F. Croce

A work of stunning intensity underneath opulent fabrics

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This is a careful and cinematic adaptation that rings with painful truth.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Husband and wife, upper-class couple Jean and Gabrielle Hervey, are played, to perfection, by two of France's premier film actors: Pascal Greggory and Isabelle Huppert.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Both protagonists give elegant and moving performances.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

For the most part, [Chereau] lets Huppert and Greggory provide the emotional impact. They respond accordingly, imbuing their mutual suffering with an exacting and moving finesse.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Greggory is up to that journey, revealing the character in his various colors, and Huppert is at her usual best, subtle, emotionally full, focused and honest.

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Anton Bitel

A film that matches all too well the times it portrays, Gabrielle is claustrophobic, stifling, and not a little crusty. Saved only by its exquisitely bitter performances and immaculate design.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Gabrielle", Jean(Pascal Greggory) is a wealthy businessman who has been married to Gabrielle(Isabelle Huppert) for the past… More
John Ballantine
This one finally popped up as being available on DVD a couple of years ago so I finally tracked it down. Was disappointed. It wasn't compelling enough… More
William Goss
Collapsing marriage melodrama is too talky to enjoy.

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