Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: L’Histoire D’Adele H
France, 1975. Les Artistes Associes, Les Films du Carrosse, Les Productions Artistes Associes. Screenplay by Francois Truffaut, Jean Gruault, Suzanne Schiffman, collaboration with Frances Vernor Guille, based on the diary of Adele Hugo. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Music by Maurice Jaubert, Patrice Mestral. Production Design by Daniel Braunschweig. Costume Design by Jacqueline Guyot. Film Editing by Martine Barraqué, Yann Dedet, Jean Gargonne, Michele Neny, Muriel Zeleny. Academy Awards 1975. National Board of Review Awards 1975. New York Film Critics Awards 1975.
Madly in love with a soldier who has left her, Adele Hugo (daughter of the famous writer Victor Hugo) follows him to Canada where he is stationed and does everything she can to win him back. Given the opportunity to realize the folly of her desire, she faces the decision to continue pursuing him or maybe move on to something more constructive in her life, but her eventual choice is for you to discover. While not much more than a weepy costume drama, this film benefits from Francois Truffaut’s attention to character detail and intelligent emotional content, as well as a beautifully fragile portrait of youthful obsession from the stunning beautiful Isabelle Adjani. It’s obvious that she was from a young age already a strong and powerful actress who could convey deep emotions with very little obvious effort. Based on Adele Hugo’s actual diaries.