March 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

The Widow of Saint-Pierre

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
112 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/23/01
performer
Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Emir Kusturica, Reynald Bouchard, Michel Duchaussoy, Philippe Magnan
director
Patrice Leconte
Producers
Epithète Films
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Claude Faraldo
genre
Drama, Foreign Language
We gave it an A-

A murderer (Emir Kusturica) reforms under the compassionate care of a jailer (Daniel Auteuil) and the wife he loves (Juliette Binoche), but 19th-century laws of capital punishment can’t be budged in this grave, impassioned miniature epic set on a bleak island off the Canadian coast. French director Patrice Leconte offers a profound, timeless study of sincerity and honesty under the cover of a historical panoply. A-

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