“Violette” is a drama film directed by Martin Provost from the screenplay of Marc Abdelnour, René de Ceccatty including Provost himself. It opens in U.S. theaters on June 13, 2014. The cast members include Emmanuelle Devos (Violette Leduc), Olivier Gourmet (Jacques Guérin), Sandrine Kiberlain (Simone de Beauvoir), Catherine Hiegel (Berthe), Olivier Py (Maurice Sachs) and Jacques Bonaffé (Jean Genet). Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) “Violette” synopsis and review.
The story focused on the life of Violette Leduc. Violette was born out of wedlock. The movie opened during World War II, where Violette was living in the countryside with Maurice Sachs, who was gay, playing as his wife. Violette was in fact bisexual. After the war, she met Simone de Beauvoir in St-Germain-des-Prés. Violette introduced herself to Simone and bravely handed out her autobiographical masterpiece, “In the Prison of Her Skin.” The book spoke of Violette experiencing sexual abuse during childhood and her relationship with her mom, Berthe.
Simone was impressed with Violette’s book and recommended it to Albert Camus. Camus published Violette’s work as part of the “Espoir” series at Gallimard. This blossomed into a friendship between Simone and Violette. She then introduced Violette to a circle of budding writers including Jean Genet. However, the only thing that Violette was waiting for all along was Simone’s love and affection.
The next book that Violette had written was entitled “Starved.” It was about how she was feeling toward Castor, Simone’s nickname.
As of this writing, the critics from Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a whopping 100%, while 75% of the moviegoers would like to watch this film.
Boyd van Hoeij of the Hollywood Reporter noted that even if the film started coarsely, it was executed and performed well. Meanwhile, Variety’s Scott Foundas commended Emmanuelle Devos’ portrayal of Violette Leduc.
“Emmanuelle Devos triumphs in this sharply observed yet sympathetic biopic of a trailblazing feminist author,” said Foundas in the Variety article.
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