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Frédéric Fonteyne

GILLES’ WIFE

FEMME DE GILLES (LA)

GILLES’ WIFE

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Status: Completed

Director(s): Frédéric Fonteyne

Main cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Clovis Cornillac, Laura Smet

Long synopsis : A working class district in rural France, between the Wars. Elisa is Gilles’ wife. She takes care of their children, and spends each day waiting for her husband to return home. Gilles works in the blast furnaces - sometimes by day, sometimes at night. The furnaces never shut down. Elisa’s sister, Victorine, often visits, to play with the children and help out in the house. Elisa is pregnant. She’s troubled by strange suspicions. Gilles and Victorine, Victorine and Gilles... but they’re just crazy ideas. Expectant mothers often get crazy ideas. Then one day, her suspicions becomes an unbearable certainty. Gilles and Victorine are lovers. Stunned, Elisa begins an interior battle, a battle of silence and a desperate, self abnegating heroism. A battle to recover what she has lost. To become, once again, Gilles’ wife. Featuring powerful performances, including an extraordinary tour-de-force from Emmanuelle Devos, Gilles’ Wife is a tragic and heart-rending portrayal of betrayed love and heroic self-immolation, a very human drama of passion and ultimate redemption from the internationally feted acclaimed director of Une Liason Pornographique.

Cast

  • Emmanuelle Devos, Clovis Cornillac, Laura Smet, Colette Emmanuelle, Gil Lagay, Alice Verlinden

Crew

  • Producer(s): Patrick Quinet, Claude Waringo
  • Director(s): Frédéric Fonteyne
  • Screenplay: Philippe Blasband, Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Frédéric Fonteyne, Marion Hänsel
  • DP: Virginie Saint-Martin
  • Editing: Ewin Ryckaert
  • Original Music: Vincent D'Hondt
  • Set Design: Véronique Sacrez
  • Original Title: FEMME DE GILLES (LA)
  • Genre(s): Historical Drama

  • Production company: LIAISON CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE, FRANCE 3 CINEMA, EYESCREEN, NORD-OUEST FILMS, FAMA FILM, MEDIA SERVICES
  • Production date: 2003
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 103 min
  • Image Ratio: 1.85
  • Sound Info: Dolby SRD
  • Venice Film Festival 2004 - Competition
    Award(s) : C.I.C.A.E. Award
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2004
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival 2005
  • Göteborg Film Festival 2005
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2005
    Award(s) : Best Actress
  • Istanbul Film Festival 2005
    Award(s) : Golden Tulip
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2005
  • T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival 2005
  • Festival do Rio 2005

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