Synopsis: Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout their lives, relationship based on the quest for freedom by writing to Violet and conviction for Simone to have in their hands the fate of an extraordinary writer.
Director(s): Martin Provost
Production: Adopt Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
139 min

"Ugliness in a woman

is a mortal sin.

"If you're beautiful.

"you are looked at

for your beauty.

"If you're ugly.

"you are looked at

for your ugliness."

The door!

My money!


It's all I could get.

Where were you?

I was worried sick.

You take too much every time.

I spent 3 days in jail

thanks to you!

And I worked well

thanks to your absence.

You gave me the address

for the lamb and sausage.

Greed. my dear Violette.

is your vice not mine.

Without me. you'd be starving

in Paris. like everyone else!

- Can you get any beef?

- It's dear.

Here's an advance.

I can do a lot for you.

Do you want

to get yourself killed?

To think I washed my hair for you.



When I leave you.

it will be too late.

It will kill you.

If you want to make me happy.

read my manuscript.

I need to know

what you think of it.


You don't like it?

It's just for your famous friends.

You never mention me. Ever.

If I wrote. I'd only talk

about my love for you.


I've been telling you for years.

I can't.

Take me in your arms.

Touch me.

Don't start this again!

Close your eyes.

Imagine I'm someone else.

You're mad!

You need treatment.

You're a monster.

a manipulator.

That's what you are!

You passed me off

as your wife!

You forced me to play

the young bride.

I'm trapped now.

We came here to eat our fill.

I wasn't to know the war would last.

Tell me about what you read.

Your opinion matters to me.

I won't tell you anything!

You're like my mother.

Selfish! Perverse!

And you a horrible female:

conformist and stupid!

There will be nothing between us.

Get that into your skull.

I could kill myself. you know!

Take this notebook.

Go park your arse

under an apple tree.

Spit out on paper everything

that makes you so unbearable.

We'll all be the better for it.

"My mother never took my hand."

"My mother never took my hand.

"She would help me off the pavement

"by pinching the loose cloth

around the armhole of my coat.

"Listen to me.

Try to understand."

"It was humiliating.

"I'd push her hand away.

"She'd pinch me harder

and lift me up

"like a chicken held by a wing.

"I would become limp

and stop walking.

"My mother saw my tears.

"'You want to get crushed?

You're crying?'

"It was she who crushed me."

My poor child.

I've only one thing to say to you.

All you have to do is continue.


You're leaving

without telling me?

I have to find money.

How will we live?

Let me go back to Paris.

I'll ask those cheapskates at the NRF

to buy my manuscript.

You thought it was alright.

And my rich pals

won't leave me like this.

You told me everyone hated you...

Shut up!

You'll get hurt.

You're raving!

I've killed no one.

That Jewish girl at the station...

She knew you.

Why did she give you money?

- Know what people are saying?

- Stop harassing me!

I'll be back in a week.

I can't live without you.

You're lying!

You won't come back.

You're abandoning me. too.

Who's there?

Maurice's friend.

Just a second.

My son wants to see you.

I'll let you in.

Come in.

Stay there. I'll be right back.


Simone de Beauvoir. who's she?

A friend of my son.

A woman writing such a big book!

Have you read it?

A story of a mnage 3.

no thank you!

A woman between 2 men?

A woman between a man

and a woman.

Here's my son.

- So you're Maurice's friend?

- I am.

Do you want me

to come see you?

Would you feel better

if I were with you?

He's stuck in Germany.

near Hamburg.

A pregnancy certificate

would secure his release.

I have a doctor.

It won't pose a problem.

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Martin Provost

Martin Provost (born 13 May 1957) is a French film director, writer and actor. He wrote and directed films such as Séraphine and Le Ventre de Juliette. His 2013 film Violette was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. more…

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