• 2013
  • France / Belgium
  • 2h 12min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Martin Provost
  • Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet
  • Language: French

Biopic of French author Violette Leduc (Devos), focusing on her relationship with Simone de Beauvoir (Kiberlain), who got Leduc's first novel published, connected her with French literary life and won her unrequited love. Clever and complex study of female friendship, with expert performances from Devos as the borderline hysterical Violette and Kiberlain as the steely and charismatic de Beauvoir.

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29 Sep 20144 stars

Martin Provost's sophisticated biopic stars Emmanuelle Devos as Violette Leduc

This elegant but deeply felt biopic charts the messy rise to counter-culture fame of French post-war novelist Violette Leduc, played by the always compelling Emmanuelle Devos. Whilst emerging from a wartime career as a black marketeer into writing…

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