L'enfer [DVD] 
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Veteran director Claude Chabrol directs this film from a script written by director Henri-Georges Clouzot, which he began filming in 1964 but who suffered a heart attack and had to abandon filming. Set in provincial South-West France, a young couple marry and have a son. They run a gourmet hotel and are very happy for a few years. However, the husband Paul becomes increasingly jealous of his wife Nelly, suspecting her of having an affair with Martineau, the local mechanic. Paul's jealousy leads him to increasingly extreme measures; following his wife, taking her to the doctors and even beating and brutally raping her. Chabrol is in familiar territory, documenting the provincial claustrobia and acrimonious marital breakdown.
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not much else to say really: apart from get some nibbles and wine, turn the lights out, light a candle and enjoy....Published on 31 Mar. 2014 by Gordon Jones
This is a truly awful film. A man is obsessively jealous of his beautiful wife. Yes, I get it. The idea simply repeats over and over again. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2011 by N. King
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... Read more
What an odd film. Why should a happily married man suddenly become eaten up with jealousy in such an unreasonable manner? Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2007 by Tonkfan