Violette Review

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French novelist Violette Leduc (Devos), an artist fuelled by her own personal demons, loves, smokes and scribbles with equal passion. Will her feelings for her fellow scribe and feminist Simone de Beauvoir (Kiberlain) lead her to come unstuck.


The estimable Emmanuelle Devos excels in this treatise on feminist writer Violette Leduc. Structured around six key figures in the post-War Parisian demimonde, it’s as much a paean to books as a biopic. But it’s also intense and compelling.

A beautiful true-life character study that does elegant justice to a largely unheralded writer.