It has been announced that french director/actor/writer, Patrice Chéreau, died yesterday. Chéreau left behind him a well-respected body of work, including the sumptuous La Reine Margot, starring Isabelle Adjani and Daniel Auteuil – one of the go-to classics of recent French cinema, Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, the controversial English-language film Intimacy which sparked much debate surrounding the question of unsimulated sex on film, and the fantastic Gabrielle starring Isabelle Hupert and Pascal Gregory.
Based on the short story, The Return by Joseph Conrad, Gabrielle tells the story of a high-society couple whose relationship, on the night of their 10th anniversary, is thrown into question by the revelation of an infidelity. With minimal dialogue the film manages to be utterly captivating through masterful performances and Chéreau’s incredibly sensitive direction. Much recommended.
posted by Dixie Turner