Born out of wedlock early in the last century, impoverished and unloved Violette Leduc (Emmanuelle Devos) meets Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kiberlain) in post war Saint-Germain-des-Pres. An intense lifelong relationship develops between the two authors, based on Violette's quest for freedom through writing and on Simone's conviction that she holds in her hands the destiny of an extraordinary writer. Based on the true story.
Praised as 'compelling' with 'superb performances', you know what to expect. A funereally paced plodder that's a tough watch unless you like watching medium-shot stills of talking heads. The film's subject is done scant justice and if you hope to wallow in Left Bank existentialism you'll be doubly disappointed. A simple narrative stretched beyond patience with all the cinematic life squeezed out of it.