Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Story of Adèle H. (François Truffaut, 1975)

***** France

The story of Adèle Hugo is uncannily riddled with the clichés of melodrama, yet Truffaut's adaptation of it ranks among cinema's sharpest. He builds a portrait of a ferocious, unwieldy mind that is novelistic in its detail and complexity. In an eerily auspicious screen debut, Isabelle Adjani is bewitching.

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