Emmanuelle Devos (Kings & Queen) stars in this gorgeously rendered biopic of the acclaimed French novelist Violette Leduc, whose intense and fraught relationship with Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kimberlain) fuelled her fearless, nakedly confessional writing.
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There is Cinema in the last two shots, and also in a vertical pan from Devos to a tree and vice-versa (as if Straub-Huillet were an unlikely reminiscence), which is why this rather vulgar biopic is a little bit more than an ordinary "cinema du papa" example. And Devos is no ordinary girl.