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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jealousy as you have never seen it before!
Based on a script by Clouzot, the aim of this movie is to describe the patholgy and psychology of man, Francois, who succumb slowly under the weight of jealousy. This movie is amazing, and describe the psychological aspect of this "disease" in a very defined way. Clouzot has actually done a long study of the phenomenon of jealousy, it is therefore highly detailed and...
Published on 15 Nov. 2005 by Manolitos

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2.0 out of 5 stars NON-removable English subtitles !! (Film 5/5; this DVD 2/5
Be aware that unfortunately, this DVD has non-removable subtitles!

Apart from this, in my view, one of Chabrol's finest efforts starring Francois Cluzet and Emmanuelle Béart giving a superb performance only equalled by her other work with Claude Sautet.
Published on 19 Dec. 2009 by mickey_one


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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jealousy as you have never seen it before!, 15 Nov. 2005
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Based on a script by Clouzot, the aim of this movie is to describe the patholgy and psychology of man, Francois, who succumb slowly under the weight of jealousy. This movie is amazing, and describe the psychological aspect of this "disease" in a very defined way. Clouzot has actually done a long study of the phenomenon of jealousy, it is therefore highly detailed and enlighted by Chabrol art to slow down the pace of the movie up to the point that, just like Francois, time seems to be infinite. It's a mental torture for Francois, he is prisoner of his thoughts and his mind killing the reality slowly. This movie is a must see!!!!
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L'Enfer, 28 Mar. 2005
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It is difficult to not become completely engulfed in mental frenzy by this film. Basically, it is about a husband who becomes obsessed with the notion that his wife is having an affair with everybody. He follows her wherever she goes and accuses her of infidelity. He is so consumed by this belief (and we see what he sees too) that he eventually locks his wife away. By this stage he is hearing conversations in his head and had gone totally mad. Very convincing performances which leave you feeling incredulous as to this man's mental state.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jealousy a la mode, 4 Sept. 2009
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For a study in jealousy L'Enfer (Hell) bears comparison with Hitchcock or Polanski at their best. Francois Cluzet's descent into madness is a truly great performance. The camera simply loves Emmanuele Beart, Cluzet's wife in the film. The viewer is left guessing whether Beart's affairs are reality or Cluzet's increasingly frenetic fantasies. One of the great films of the genre.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hitchcockesque French thriller, 15 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: L'enfer [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This film has all the suspense of a Hitchcock film, it is dark, twisting its way through the misplaced jealousy of a husband, as he slowly decends into madness. Beart role as the wife is very well excecuted, as she gives off a fine performance. A film definately worth watching again and again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Riveting and well-paced internal voyage...", 8 Mar. 2012
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French New Wave director, actor, producer and screenwriter Claude Chabrol`s forty-fifth feature film which he wrote, is an adaptation of a screenplay written by French screenwriter, producer and director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-1977) who suffered a heart attack during the making of the film in 1964 which led to the production being stopped. Claude Chabrol`s film was shot on various locations in Southern France and was produced by French director and producer Marin Karmitz. It tells the story about Paul Prieur, a successful hotel manager who lives an idyllic life with his wife Nelly and their young son Vincent at a lakeside hotel in France. Paul and Nelly have been married for seven years and are happy together, but Paul`s job is wearing him out and he begins to become suspicious about things. These sudden suspicions gradually increases and when Paul suspects his wife of having an affair, his personality alters and threatens both his own and Nelly`s life.

This visually ardent and character-driven French production draws a pervasive study of character about a seemingly happy man who one warm summer when suddenly struck by jealousy, descends into a state of madness and loses his grip on reality. Claude Chabrol`s riveting and well-paced internal voyage goes far into the excruciating and nightmarish mind of the protagonist and the persistent suspense in this clinical psychological thriller which examines themes such as marriage, jealousy and mental illness, is reinforced by his precise and acute directing, the rigorous narrative structure and the efficient editing by Claude Chabrol`s frequent collaborator Monique Fardoulis. The score by his long-time collaborator and son Matthieu Chabrol emphasizes the significant atmosphere in this luminous drama which is impelled by Francois Cluzet`s multifaceted acting performance in a complicated role and a good acting performance by Emmanuelle Béart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant insight into Narcissism, 5 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: L'enfer [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
This is a must see film about Narcissism, which is a very serious and incurable, permanent psychological disorder of the mind. Narcissists can't (sociopaths/psychopaths) or won't (NPDs) want to recognise, let alone accept or encourage the boundaries others set for themselves so that a healthy respect for the individual results. Non acceptance of others' boundaries or individuality makes trust and acceptance impossible. The narcissist knows he can't trust himself so he can't trust other either. All other's 'own self' must naturally reflect the mind of the narcissist (to pose no threat). If it does differ, and pose a threat, the narcissist will / must erode the individuality of the outside target / 'significant' other to make them reflect their reality so that both personalities are the same (reflection in the mirror effect). Fact and fiction becomes interwoven, and this is what happens here in this film. The target (wife) is the mirror image of the male (husband) because he can't look beyond himself to trust his wife. In this film, the emerging manifestation of the husband's narcissistic disorder believes that his beautiful wife is having an affair. The fact that she isn't doing this makes no impact on him. The film also takes you into the mind of the narcissist husband becuase you too, as the viewer, are not quite sure if the wife is having a real affair either. Therefore, to the husband she is having an affair simply because he believes it to be so. Fiction becomes fused with fact. She can't prove to him that she is faithful because only his version of 'reality' matters - no matter how fictional in reality. When his wife fleetingly forces, theatens and scolds him to confront his damaged and damaging psychology, it does not lead to better understanding and better relations between them- as it might with normal couples, when trust is tested or perceived to be tested; instead it intensifies because anyone that threatens the narcissist view of the world is just viewed with cynicism and more suspicion to reinforce the paranoia. Therefore, his awful behaviour intensifies still further to out and out paranoia and ultimately to complete destruction. Narcissism is about self destruction - starting with the outside world, moving inwards towards friends, family and finally to themselves. Narcissists die lonely, empty (either literally or in their minds) because they are lonely and empty on the inside. If you don't accept others' boundaries you certainly have none of your own and without boundaries you become a series of leaks, spilling through the cracks of those most vulnerable and out onto the heads of others who are affected by such destructive behaviour; they are not a perfectly formed river that some might like to paddle on; others watch or to walk besides or to ignore.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Brilliant, 31 Mar. 2014
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Not much else to say really: apart from get some nibbles and wine, turn the lights out, light a candle and enjoy....
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NON-removable English subtitles !! (Film 5/5; this DVD 2/5, 19 Dec. 2009
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Be aware that unfortunately, this DVD has non-removable subtitles!

Apart from this, in my view, one of Chabrol's finest efforts starring Francois Cluzet and Emmanuelle Béart giving a superb performance only equalled by her other work with Claude Sautet.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good acting but the film lacks a sub-plot, 27 May 2006
This review is from: L'enfer [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Francois Cluzet and Emmanuelle Beart give convincing performances in L'Enfer but there is not enough going on in this film - apart from the problems surrounding their relationship - to keep the viewer interested.I certainly won't be watching this

film again.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 Oct. 2007
This review is from: L'enfer [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
What an odd film. Why should a happily married man suddenly become eaten up with jealousy in such an unreasonable manner? What was his motivation, other than that his wife is the unreasonably and unfairly gorgeous Emmanuelle Beart? Wouldn't most men have simply counted their blessings and enjoyed the rest of their lives together?

That was my problem with this film - I kept asking myself 'why' and reached no logical answer. And by the end, I barely cared.

Beart is one of my favourite actresses and she does the best she can, but this was a very disappointing film for me and unusually for a French film, I regret buying it.

What a waste
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