The Widow of Saint-Pierre + Intro 15

(La Veuve de Saint-Pierre)

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This film was last shown on 23 April 2019

Set in 1849 in the French colony of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, The Widow of Saint-Pierre focuses on a convicted murderer, Néel (Emir Kusturica), waiting to be guillotined, and a Captain and his wife, Madame La (Juliette Binoche), who try to redeem him.

As the island waits for the guillotine to arrive, Néel undergoes a substantial change in his character. He wins favour in eyes of the islanders, but the authorities remain unconvinced. The film ends with two executions, prompting the viewer to reflect on the arbitrariness of the official order that hands out death sentences as forms of punishment.

This screening will feature an introduction from Dr Samraghni Bonnerjee, Research Associate in Literature, Psychoanalysis & the Death Penalty at the University of Sheffield.

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Director
Patrice Leconte
Country
France
Year
1999
Duration
1 hour 50 minutes
Language
French
Cast
Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica, Juliette Binoche

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