• Released
  • September 6, 2004
  • Drama
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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
You can't imagine a soapier setup, but Gilles' Wife taken on its own terms is a spectacular achievement, a heartbreaking cinematic work...
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90

Variety

By Lisa Nesselson
Told primarily via body language and facial expressions with a minimum of dialogue, beautifully observed, emotionally intense tale is an...
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90

Village Voice

Devos's performance is an expert workshop of internalized emotions and silent forbearance.
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88

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
There's a timelessness to her character that makes her real even today. And in Devos' intense portrayal, she's a woman you admire.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Cornillac is excellent as the emotionally immature Gilles, but this is Devos' show.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The ending is a stunner. Like those '30 classics it suggests, Gilles' Wife seduces us with true cinematic magic: rich characters, great...
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80

L.A. Weekly

By Ella Taylor
All but a silent movie, Frédéric Fonteyne’s strikingly atmospheric film - adapted by Philippe Blasband and Marion Hänsel from a 1937 novel...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This is a lyrical art movie with admittedly limited commercial appeal, but worth seeing for cinematic explorers.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Fonteyne doesn't have much use for words. He prefers to tell his story via facial expressions and body language, much as filmmakers did in...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I was fascinated by the face of Emmanuelle Devos, and her face is specifically why I recommend the movie.
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