Gabrielle | Chicago Reader

Gabrielle

90 minutes

Adapted from Joseph Conrad's short story "The Return," this 2005 French feature by Patrice Chereau (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train) peers into the shadows of a loveless upper-class marriage after the wife (Isabelle Huppert) reveals to the husband (Pascal Greggory) that she's fallen for another man. It's a story of violent emotion quietly articulated in well-appointed rooms; the private scenes of man and wife navigating the emotional wreckage are punctuated by even more painful sequences in which their secret is absorbed by their grasping servants and brittle society friends. As the pretense of intimacy between man and wife dissolves, their relationship becomes as socially treacherous as their weekly card parties. In French with subtitles.

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