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Lenfer

Emmanuelle Béart , François Cluzet , Claude Chabrol    Unrated   DVD
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Paul (François Cluzet) and Nelly (Emmanuelle Béart) have what seems to be a storybook marriage. They love each other madly and have worked together to turn their little lakeside inn into a gorgeous resort getaway while raising an adorable son. But there's a problem: Paul is convinced Nelly is having an affair and his jealousy spins to insane proportions. Hallucinations and nightmares twist his dementia until he imagines her sleeping with every man in sight, and his obsessive spying turns Nelly's life into a living hell. Claude Chabrol (director of La Cérémonie, known as the Gallic Hitchcock for his cool thrillers of obsessive love and homicidal passion, created his film from an original unfilmed screenplay by Henri-George Clouzot (Les Diaboliques). He injects Clouzot's dark, misanthropic tale with a soupçon of Hitchcock's voyeuristic obsession, but ultimately makes the film his own with unexpected sympathy for Paul, whose pathological jealousy spins out of control in a chilling conclusion that leaves the viewers uncomfortably nestled in his madness. The film faced charges of misogyny upon release largely because Chabrol remained steadfast in his portrayal of Paul not as a monster but a victim of madness (somewhat at the expense of Nelly, an angelic sexpot whose loyalty and love is almost sacrificial), but ultimately that's what gives L'Enfer its unsettling power. --Sean Axmaker


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Format:DVD
I was glued to my TV set once I started watching this! Emmanuelle Beart is spellbinding and Francois Cluzet is perfectly cast in his role! I was disappointed at the poor quality of this Fox Lorber version however, the entire movie was grainy and cloudy looking. It was as if it was copied from a dirty tape!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A choice piece of Cinematic presentation March 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful piece of work. It makes you tingle they way in which jealosy is portrayed as a person living in fear, anger and desperation. The iterview and commentary from the the director was also profound.
One of the best films I've ever seen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emmanuelle' Beart: Nov. 13 2001
Format:DVD
hey I agree with most here: however, with one exception. Emmanuelle' Beart, is one of the most extrodinere' performers to come around in a long time. Shes not only beautiful, but talented. She took this ho hum movie, and made it so realistic. Lighten up, critics.. its only a movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price of DVD March 17 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
A real bad quality tranfer of video
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