The Story of Adele H
The Story of Adele H (1975)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 8, 1975
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Truffaut's study of Adele is ofttimes almost clinical in nature, but Adjani brings more than enough volcanic passion to the project.

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Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

One of Truffaut's best

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Looks and sounds like no other Truffaut film you've ever seen.

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Emanuel Levy

Love, obssession, and madness, key issues in most of Truffaut's work, also define this meticulously made 1975 film, arguably his last masterpiece.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Polished but bland costume drama

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Brilliant performance by Adjani.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Among Truffaut's greatest pictures, with a nuanced, revelatory performance from a 19-year-old Isabelle Adjani at its core.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Isabelle Adjani is outstanding as an emotionally and psychologically unstable young woman driven to madness by unrequited love and obsession, in a gorgeous… More
Eric Broome
After hearing for years what a "classic" this film is, I finally saw it and was gravely disappointed. What an exasperatingly one-note story. The… More
Nicki Marie
Not a favourite, but okay.
Daisy Maduro
The story of Adele H was a true story of Adele Hugo daughter of the famous poet Victor Hugo, who was obsessively in love with an English army lieutenant who did… More
Adam Mahler
under the shadow of her father, Victor Hugo, the most famous man alive at the time, she tries to turn her self-destructive love (for a cad) into a work of art;… More
Tom S.
Don't miss Truffaut's greatest cameo ever.