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The Widow of St. Pierre

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This dark drama explores a true tale set in 1850 on the isolated French-Canadian island of St. Pierre. Yugoslav director Emir Kustirica makes a fabulous acting debut as Neele August, an illiterate fisherman who brutally murders his ex-fishing captain in a night of drunken revelry. Sentenced to death, August cannot be killed until the remote island Governor imports a used guillotine from the French government. While awaiting the arrival of the "widow," August is placed under the care of the reticent, iconoclastic Captain Jean (Daniel Auteuil) and his freethinking wife Pauline (Juliette Binoche). Under Pauline's direction, August becomes a devoted social servant whose heroic deeds place the island's female population solidly against his death sentence.

    The film's costuming and art direction are accomplished, setting the stage for Eduardo Serra's gorgeous landscape cinematography, at its best amongst the dreary seasonal changes of the remote island. Low angles, hand-held camerawork, and consistently foggy skies create a seasick feeling as director Patrice Leconte's pained attention to Jean's horse and the society surrounding the main characters elevates the film from a tidy chamber drama into a visually engaging philosophical discourse.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7744D

  • Credits
    Juliette Binoche, Emir Kusturica, Daniel Auteuil, Philippe Magnan, Michael Duchaussoy, Marc Beland, Christian Charmetant, Philippe Du Janerand, Yves Jacques, Catherine Lascault, Ghyslain Tremblay
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A striking historical drama....It is gorgeously photographed by Eduardo Serra and well-acted by the always dependable Juliette Binoche....[Kusturica] gives a mesmerizing performance..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...The subtle selectivity of Leconte's eye, how he moves with great control from gesture to gesture, is matched by the disciplined performances..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Daniel Auteuil is forceful..."
    USA Today

    "...Patrice Leconte is a filmmaker with talent to burn....[The film] has the bold, earnest emotion of a classic 1940's melodrama....Deeply entertaining..."
    New York Times

    "...Hypnotic and haunting....That rare period piece that resonates with provocative life..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A dark-haired beauty of infinite self-possession, Binoche radiates the strength and intelligence of a woman capable of risking all -- with her eyes wide open..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...THE WIDOW OF ST. PIERRE is a beautiful and haunting film..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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