The story of Adele H

The story of Adele H

L'histoire d'Adèle H

DVD - 2001 | French
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Based on the true story of Adele Hugo's obsessive love affair which led her to run away from home to follow her womanizing lover across an ocean to Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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May 01, 2017

This is a 1975 French historical docudrama directed by François Truffaut, based on Adèle Hugo's diaries.
It shows the life of Adèle Hugo, the daughter of world-famous Victor Hugo, whose obsessive unrequited love for a military officer leads to her downfall and insanity.
Her father places her in an asylum in Saint-Mandé, where she lives for the next forty years.
She gardens, plays the piano and writes in her journal.
Adèle Hugo died in Paris in 1915 at the age of 85.
Although it is an heartbreaking drama, the film almost appears like a dramedy when Adèle views the show of a greedy hypnotizer.
At the time I laughed my head off to death. :-)
Superb is the performance of 20-year-old Isabelle Adjani as Adèle Hugo.

Sweet_Sue_Ohio Jul 13, 2015

This version is all in French with English sub titles. I was not fully aware of that, when I picked it out. If there is an English version of this, I would like to see it.

Mar 01, 2015

"The Story of Adele H" is a true story of the beautiful daughter of Victor Hugo. Most of the movie takes place in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. Director Francois Truffaut has a wonderful script based on the real Adele Hugo's journals. The journals are a big part of the movie as she records each days activities. A really great French and English movie!


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