Violette (Violette Nozière)
Violette (Violette Nozière) (1978)

Claude Chabrol's Violette was based on the true story of 19-year-old Violette Noziere, who in the 1930s was tried and convicted for the poisoning of her father and the attempted murder of her mother. As played by Isabelle Huppert (who… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 7, 1978
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elliott Stein
Film Comment Magazine

Violette sits there on the screen, a stylish lump.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

Though the film tends to follow the trajectory of surface events and not delve deeper into either psychological motivations or historical influences, Chabrol's moody flourishes and storytelling tapestry are never less than mesmerizing.

Kent Turner

The way [Huppert] holds her cigarette and wears her hat aslant would have given Bette Davis a run for her money.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Chabrol's attempt to arouse sympathy for his heartless protagonist seemed a reach.

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Louis Proyect

Chabrol film about a teenage prostitute who kills her parents, based on real-life story. Mostly interesting for its atmosphere and for Huppert's acting.

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Fernando F. Croce

Huppert's baby-fat monster is a neat landmine of familial tensions, and Chabrol knows just how far to push it

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Violette doesn't so much rejuvenate the "sex = death" equation that had been in place since Louise Brooks opened Pandora's Box as it does struggle to remember why women want sex in the first place.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Violette" is a passable movie wherein director Claude Chabrol adds a few curveballs to his usual straightforward style in… More