Based on Émile Zola’s L’assommoir, Gervaiseis an uncompromising depiction of a lowly laundress’s struggles to deal with an alcoholic husband while running her own business. The film was nominated for an Oscar, and the indomitable Maria Schell earned best actress honors at the Venice Film Festival.
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I love this picture, it's heart breaking to see Maria play such a warm, touching woman that goes through a lot of bs. Also I though that the ending was very sad but very good, because in the end she becomes the very thing that has ruined her life. And you are left hoping that in the end everything will come out well. I loved the acting and story... a very beautiful picture that needs to be seen more often by people.
Une formidable interprétation de Maria Schell, soutenue par une distribution impeccable. La scène de bataille des lessiveuses demeure un moment d'anthologie. Quant à la réalisation de René Clément, le travail est assuré avec professionnalisme et une certaine élégance évidente. De la belle ouvrage... www.cinefiches.com