Claude Chabrol



Status: Completed

Director(s): Claude Chabrol

Main cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Beno®t Magimel, Fran§ois Berléand

Long synopsis : 25-year-old Gabrielle Deneige lives in Lyon, with her mother, Marie, who brought her up alone, surrounded by books. Witty and charming, Gabrielle has an important job at the local cable station. In the course of an event to promote his latest work, Gabrielle meets the great writer Charles Saint-Denis, who has been living locally for several years. A handsome man in his fifties, brilliant, revered – and married – Charles seduces the young woman straight away. If at first he sees her as nothing more than another conquest, very quickly, he finds he has fallen deeply in love. As does Paul Gaudens, thirty years old, unbalanced and heir to a family fortune. Attractive, impetuous, bi-polar, Paul sets himself to winning Gabrielle. Unimpressed by his charm and his wealth, she rebuffs the hot-headed young man’sadvances. Her rejection drives him crazy, so much so that Paul develops a fierce, unreasoning hatred for his rival. Thus Gabrielle finds her destiny inextricably linked to these two men. She will become the mistress of one, and the wife of the other. One will die; perhaps the other will end his days behind bars. Love, licentiousness, guilt, sacrifice, betrayal, break-ups, the burden of the past and bourgeois morality, Gabrielle will be spared none of the brutalities of human relationships. Torn in two, without doubt… but today’syoung women are tough.


  • Ludivine Sagnier, Beno®t Magimel, Fran§ois Berléand, Mathilda May, Caroline Sihol, Marie Bunel


  • Producer(s): Patrick Godeau
  • Director(s): Claude Chabrol
  • Screenplay: Cécile Maistre, Claude Chabrol
  • DP: Eduardo Serra
  • Editing: Monique Fardoulis
  • Original Music: Matthieu Chabrol
  • Set Design: Fran§oise Beno®t-Fresco
  • Original Title: LA FILLE COUPEE EN DEUX
  • Genre(s): Drama, Family

  • Production company: ALICELEO
  • Production date: 2006
  • Language: French
  • Duration: 115 min
  • Venice Film Festival 2007 – Competition
    Award(s) : Filmcritica “Bastone Bianco” Award
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2007 – Masters Program
  • Festival do Rio 2007
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2007
  • New York Film Festival 2007
  • Moscow International Film Festival 2007
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2007
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival 2008
  • International Film Festival Bratislava 2008
  • Sydney Film Festival 2008
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2008