- 2 hr 19 min
A study of the French novelist Violette Leduc, the film offers an unflinching portrait of a soul in conflict. Emmanuelle Devos portrays the title character as a person tormented by the past and desperate for affection whose neediness pushes away those closest to her. Never sentimental, the portrayal makes Violette seem all too human. The film follows her through key relationships among many French literary icons, including Jean Genet and Simone de Beauvoir. Martin Provost directed the movie.