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The Widow of Saint-Pierre Poster
Released Runtime Category
2000 112 Drama, Foreign Language, Romance
Director Language
Patrice Leconte Frence
Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica, Juliette Binoche

The Widow of Saint-Pierre

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What's it About
Waiting for a guillotine to be shipped to the isolated fishing island of St. Pierre where he is colonial chief of the guard, a Captain (Auteuil) keeps a close watch on murderer Neel (Kusturica), who's condemned to die. But his beloved, progressive-minded wife (Binoche) takes to the idea of reforming Neel. Once that's accomplished, she tries to convince the community that his death would be a travesty.
Why we love it
Eerie, absorbing, and psychologically complex, Leconte's masterful "St. Pierre" boasts superb performances from Binoche, Auteuil, and Yugoslavian filmmaker Kusturica ("Underground"), here making his acting debut. The mid-19th-century setting and distinguished pedigree of the participants certainly root the film in a tradition of high-minded Euro-dramas, but "St. Pierre" really sets sail thanks to a sharp script by Claude Faraldo, who wrings bitter truth from this story of romance and redemption. Pay a call on this "Widow."

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