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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Isabelle Adjani & Giveaway Winner

As you all know, I love random movies. Especially ones that have fabulous lead actresses.

I was lucky enough to stumble upon another gem at my local library.

Adele H.

It is the true story of Victor Hugo's daughter, Adele, who was obsessed with a soldier stationed in Halifax. I don't want to give too much of the film away, since I want you all to netflix/rent/borrow it immediately.

This film, which I kind of expected to be lame, absolutely blew me away. It was raw, passionate, and honest. Knowing that it was all based on a true story absolutely gave me chills.

The reason this film affected me so much was not just because it was brilliantly written and gorgeously captured, but because of the lead actress: Isabelle Adjani.

Her performance as Adele is unbelievable. Pure genius, actually.

When this film came out in 1975, Isabelle became the youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Lead Actress.

I was so entranced with Isabelle's performance I decided to learn more about her.

I was not disappointed.

Isabelle is one of the most talented and well-known actresses in French cinema.

In 1981, Adjani received the Cannes Film Festival's best actress award for the Merchant Ivory film Quartet based on the novel by Jean Rhys, and for the horror film Possession.

The following year, she received her first César Award for Possession, in which she portrays a woman having a nervous breakdown. In 1983, she won the César, for her depiction of a vengeful woman in the blockbuster One Deadly Summer.

In 1989, she co-produced and starred in a biopic of the tragic sculptor Camille Claudel. She received her third César and second Oscar nomination for her role in the film, which was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In 1990, she was chosen by People magazine as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People' in the world.

Her fourth César win was for the 1994 film Queen Margot, an ensemble epic directed by Patrice Chéreau.

Her private life is a little evasive. She has two sons, one with director Bruno Nuytten, and the other with Daniel Day-Lewis. She was engaged to a musician seven years ago but broke it off because he had been cheating on her.

I am looking forward to seeing more of her films, especially the ones I mentioned above.

Isn't she divine?

Anyway, last but not least, I wanted to reveal the winner of my Perricone Cold Plasma giveaway.

The winner is...the lovely Karyn Bernard of *French Charming*!!! E-mail me with your contact information, sweetie! Congrats!


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Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

I have never seen this film before I will definitely see it now. Isabelle Adjani is gorgeous and the photo with those striking blue eyes and gorgeous lips is stunning!

HOLY FREAKIN CRAP! YOU ARE KIDDING ME RIGHT?! Thank you sweet friend for breaking my never win a darn thing streak!

I'm so excited and what a nice surprise, this is something I REALLY need! I will email you my addy!

I'm off now to see your other post I missed...I saw a lovely lady in some amazing outfits!!!

Love and hugs,

Cafe Fashionista said...

She is absolutely stunning - now I want to see this film myself! You always make the best movie recommendations!

Congratulations Karyn! :)

anhesty said...

greeat post.

kpeach said...

She's crazy gorgeous. I'd love to see that cape! xo

Keith said...

Great post. I've never seen this film before, but I adore Isabelle. She's so beautiful and talented. I've seen quite a lot of her work over the years. I hope you're having a nice week. Cheers!

Missy said...

oh never seen it before but will be on the lookout for it now!

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Camille said...

Wow, her eyes are stunning!!

-xo, C.

Anonymous said...
If you're interested in Isabelle Adjani news, you're welcome on her blog. You'll find her last pictures (published this week in the "Femmes" magazine). Hope to see you. Best regards.

Mouthwash said...

we have so much in common! I liked this movie too.

But, it broke my heart, and man it left an impression on me!

Have you seen House of Mirth? I recommend it. But, it will stay with you.

great post!



Robin said...

She's stunning! Can't wait to see the movie!

Sadako said...

I loved watching that Adele H film in French class (my fellow classmates didn't "get" it--philistines!) and thought she was gorgeous. You have great taste in actresses!

Do you know anything about Isabelle Huppert? She's in this movie that my mom tells me is great, about a girl who poisons her father, that I keep meaning to see.

Pop Champagne said...

she is really pretty! And haven't seen the film before but seems like a good one to rent on a cold snowy day

Nubiasnonsense said...

She gorgeous wow.. congrats to tghe winner

Tights Lover said...

She is gorgeous. I definitely want to check this film out now.

Congrats to Karyn!

Stephanie said...

Congrats to the winner. :)

And Isabelle is absolutely gorgeous look at those eyes they can almost pierce your soul. Beautiful. ;)

Leah said...

Isabelle Adjani is one of the few actresses who have aged gracefully. She is like a good bottle of wine, gets better with age. I haven't seen the film you mentioned but I saw some of hers when she was older.

DEV said...

She's gorgeous! Grea post xx

bryna said...

she's pretty. never heard of her until now!

Viva La Fashion said...

she's so pretty. :)

Maria Confer said...

Oh, I have to check this movie out. She's not only stunning, but obviously an extremely talented actress.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I love finding a movie like that, off the wall that you just love. :)


She is gorgeousss...will definitely look out for that movie on Netflix!
Thank you, always looking for great foreign films...

Ela said...

OK missy, I love you and your random movies. I think you need to review movies on the side. Seriously, you are awesome and perfect for turning "why the heck would I want to see that???" into, "Um, pretty sure I NEED to see that."

I know I wanted to say something else but it escapes me - I am terrible, LOL. It'll come to me - eventually.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Woa she is pretty. Your so funny to go to the library. I do that alll the time too. =)

I love passionate movies. IF they can capture true real passion, I'm hooked. I love movies in the past too. I'll have to check this out. I still have to see the Cactus FLower too. I can't wait for a snow day!! =)

Hope your week is going good girl!! =)

The Owl's Closet said...

wow, she's gorgeous! the movie sounds great. perhaps i'll rent this:) thank u again for ur comment on my blog:D congrats to the winner!

MJ said...

Wow, looks awesome! I may have to check this out once I finally get some free time... She's so beautiful, isn't she?

Inspiration in Italy said...

Wow this is so interesting! Thank you for sharing! She is beautiful and sounds like an amazing actress.


Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous woman, definitely have to check her out!

Barry said...

Adjani's an under-rated actress and a beautiful woman.

Hope you're doing well Jen! :)

yiqin; said...

Wow, awesome!!

yiqin; said...

Wow, awesome!! her eyes are beautiful

Christina Lee said...

ooh looks good and she is gorgeous!!!

GiKo said...

She is beautiful. Do not know very much movies of her! shame on me.
Nice pictures!


Posh said...

Great post, she looks lovely!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

FabBlab said...

She's so beautiful!
Now, I really need to watch this movie. I'm a teensy bit obsessed with Victor Hugo. Addicted, really.

Barry said...

Jen, thanks for your comment on my post about the motorcycle.

U R A QT!!

daisychain said...

oh she is stunning!

congratulations to the winner :)

lancelonie said...

She sure is divine . . . and fabulous! :)

English Rose ♥ said...

i really want to see this now - i had no idea it exsisted but i adore victor hugo - les miserables is one of my favourite books of all time

English Rose x

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Some Girl said...

OMG she's gorgeous

Barry said...

Jen, I read what you wrote on Sandy's blog. Very sweet. You know we're always around to chat, right?

Eagerly awaiting your next e-mail BTW!

I had some time last week and found out you guys are about 850 miles from us; shortest plane ride is about 2 1/2 hours.

I'm just sayin'...

Jenna said...

Wow, she is amazing. So pretty!!

Bug said...

She is adorable in these pics, sounds like an interesting movie. I'm the same way with movies, I love finding hidden gems here and there.

Kristin said...

She is just gorgeous. And you've certainly piqued my interest with that movie rec!

Savvy Gal said...

I have not seen the film. She is gorgeous!

beckyxoxo said...

Hi dear how are you ? :D Ohhh seems like a fantastic movie ! And Isabella is so gorgeous , thanks for letting me know . Have a nice day darling !

Nina said...

Her face ... so unbelievably lovely!


Giovanna ♥ said...

I'll definitely watch this movie! I love films and this seems to be great!
By the way, one of my favorite books of all times is Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
Thanks for sharing :)

Andie said...

that girl is gorgeous!

Etrapar said...

she's relly beautiful, thanks for sharing *.^ and I got to see that movie ^.^

Tom Bailey said...

I have never seen this film before and now I have to see it. You put together a fantastic write up here.

This is not the typical type of thing I would watch but I am going to make an exception and see how it goes.

The photos here are amazing.

Kindest regards,
Tom Bailey

OceanDreams said...

You always give me the most unique movie ideas! This one looks great and the actress is so pretty! I watched the series you mentioned before, soooo good! Great review on this actress sweetie.

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