Truffaut's hauntingly poetic tale of obsession stars the beautiful Isabelle Adjani as Adele Hugo, daughter of France's most beloved author, Victor Hugo. The picture opens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1863, after Adele has left her father's Guernsey home to seek out Albert Pinson (Bruce
Robinson), a young English lieutenant who wants nothing to do with the determined young woman. Although her obsession with Pinson grows to the point that she announces to her father a pending engagement, Adele's only real contact with him is from a distance--spying on him while he makes love to
another woman, or following him (or those she believes to be him) in the streets. Adele is obsessed not only with the lieutenant, but also with her own writing, paying frequent visits to a local bookstore to buy reams of paper and then retreating to her room to scrawl indecipherable coded messages
in her journal.
One of Truffaut's most complex films, a love story that shows only one half of an affair, THE STORY OF ADELE H. combines the fascination with obsessive women that fills his films (Catherine from JULES AND JIM, Julie Kohler from THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, Camille Bliss from SUCH A GORGEOUS KID LIKE ME)
with his love of books, diaries and the process of writing (FAHRENHEIT 451 and THE WILD CHILD). The true story of Adele Hugo is already engrossing; unable to live up to her father's expectations, she thought she could not fill the void in his heart after his favorite daughter, Leopoldine, drowned.
Truffaut's disturbing film on the subject is as difficult to walk away from as it is to watch.
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- Released: 1975
- Rating: PG
- Review: Truffaut's hauntingly poetic tale of obsession stars the beautiful Isabelle Adjani as Adele Hugo, daughter of France's most beloved author, Victor Hugo. The picture opens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1863, after Adele has left her father's Guernsey home to… (more)