Violette

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • R
  • Biography, Crime

In the 1930s Paris was both shocked and titillated by the sensational patricide committed by 19-year old Violette Noziere. She was sentenced to death for the poisoning death of her father and an attempt on her mother's life as well; the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. The case held great fascination for many artists of the era. Claude Chabrol...read more

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In the 1930s Paris was both shocked and titillated by the sensational patricide committed by 19-year old Violette Noziere. She was sentenced to death for the poisoning death of her father and an attempt on her mother's life as well; the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. The case

held great fascination for many artists of the era. Claude Chabrol filmed his version some 45 years later, and though not entirely successful it still makes for interesting viewing. Huppert, in a stunning performance, plays the young woman who is bored with life and seeks excitement in seedy

Parisian cafes, where she meets her lover. So she can inherit money from her parents to give to this lover, Huppert attempts to poison the unsuspecting Audran and Carmet. Carmet dies but Audran survives and sends her daughter to prison. Only in prison does Huppert at last find a perverse sort of

happiness, freed from the madness of the outside world. Chabrol's strengths are in the set design and his camera work. This film is beautiful to look at despite the repulsive nature of its story. Huppert is sensational, creating some genuine sympathy for a woman who blames her parents when she

gets syphilis, then proceeds to poison them. Chabrol falters though within his story construction. Some moments could be better connected and developed. This aside, VIOLETTE is still a fascinating portrait that should not be missed. (In French; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: R
  • Review: In the 1930s Paris was both shocked and titillated by the sensational patricide committed by 19-year old Violette Noziere. She was sentenced to death for the poisoning death of her father and an attempt on her mother's life as well; the sentence was commut… (more)

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