Film: The Story of Adèle H.
Director: François Truffaut
Starring: Isabelle Adjani, Bruce Robinson, Sylvia Marriott, Joseph Blatchley
Imagine you are walking down an alley between two rows of colonial-styled French terraces in a sun-scorched Barbados town. Imagine then, you catch sight of a female figure trudging and staggering wearily in your direction. She is cloaked in black rags. Her face is shrouded beneath soggy hair. Her skirt is torn and it trawls off the dust and dirt on the rugged earth as she wobbles along. She stares blankly at nothing.
On inquiry, you learn that she comes from the island Guernsey. She has been seen in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and she is now stranded in Barbados. She seems to have multiple identities: she is sometimes known as Miss Adèle Lewry, but in Barbados, she has referred to herself as Madame Adèle Pinson.
Her conditions may arouse your sympathy and leave you baffled as to what what has left her derelict and desolated.
In his 1975 film, L’histoire d’Adèle H. — translated as The Story of Adèle H. — director François Truffaut answers your questions while reminding you that love can be hazardous to your health.
Rating (one to five whistles, five being the best): Three-and-a-half Whistles
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