The Widow of Saint-Pierre

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  • R
  • 2000
  • 2 hr
  • 7.2  (5,662)
  • 73

The Widow of Saint-Pierre is a French-Canadian film released in the year 2000. It is directed by Patrice Leconte, and the lead roles are played by Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, and Emir Kusturica. The movie is based on a true story that happened in 1849 in a small island called Saint-Pierre, near Newfoundland. The movie is set in the mid-19th century in a remote and isolated island called Saint-Pierre. The small and tight-knit community is shocked when a brutal murder occurs, and a man called Neel Auguste (Emir Kusturica) is found guilty of the crime. The only problem is that Saint-Pierre does not have a guillotine, which is the only method of execution in France, and the island is a French colony.

The authorities then send for a guillotine from Martinique, which is expected to arrive in six months. Neel is kept in the custody of a local military captain named Jean (Daniel Auteuil) and his wife, Madame La (Juliette Binoche). It is during this time that Madame La begins to take an interest in Neel and starts to develop a bond with him.

Madame La is a quiet and reserved woman who has been sent to the island to live with her husband, who is seen as a bit of an outsider by the locals. Despite the restrictions put on her as a woman in that era, she begins to take a keen interest in Neel's life story and his reasons for committing the crime. She starts to question the morality of the death penalty and becomes convinced that Neel is not a bad man but a victim of circumstance.

As the six months tick by, Madame La slowly but steadily tries to change the hearts and minds of the people of Saint-Pierre, hoping that she can convince them to spare Neel's life. She goes to great lengths to save Neel, including teaching him to read and playing the violin with him. All the while, Captain Jean, who is initially cold and distant, begins to open up to Madame La and support her cause.

The Widow of Saint-Pierre is a film that explores the themes of love, compassion, and morality. The love story between Madame La and Neel is not conventional, but it is deep and moving, and the friendship between Madame La and Captain Jean is also heartwarming. The film is also a commentary on the death penalty and the ways in which society treats those who are different or cast out.

The cinematography and the setting of the film are also major highlights. The island of Saint-Pierre is a cold, desolate place that is beautifully captured in the film's visuals. The costuming and period detail are also impeccable and transport the viewer back to the era in which the film is set.

Overall, The Widow of Saint-Pierre is a slow-burning yet powerful film that is carried by the strong lead performances of Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, and Emir Kusturica. It is a moving and thought-provoking piece of cinema that touches upon universal themes that are still relevant to this day.

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