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THE FRENCH COLLECTION VOL.3 (Isabelle Huppert)This 3 disc box set is a collection of three of the most gripping, remarkable and critically-acclaimed classics featuring Isabelle Huppert.
THE PIANO TEACHER (Michael Haneke)
In this powerful and controversial drama from the award winning filmmaker Michael Haneke, Isabelle Huppert gives a performance of astounding emotional intensity as Erika Kohut, a repressed woman in her late thirties who teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory and lives with her tyrannical mother (Annie Girardot), with whom she has a volatile love-hate relationship. But when one of Erika's students, the handsome and assured Walter Klemmer (Benoît Magimel), attempts to seduce her, the barriers that she has carefully erected around her claustrophobic world are shattered, unleashing a previously inhibited extreme and uncontrollable desire.
MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT (Claude Chabrol)
Claude Chabrol's taut thriller stars Isabelle Huppert as the villainous spider at the centre of an intricate and murder- ous web of deception. Huppert plays Mika, wife of celebrated pianist André Polonski (Jacques Dutronc) and stepmother to his son, Guillaume, whose mother died in a car wreck on his sixth birthday. Their lives are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis), a young woman who has learned that she was almost switched at birth with Guillaume whilst in hospital. Also a pianist, Jeanne harbours a suspicion that she may be André's daughter. André undertakes to continue her piano tuition, but, on entering the Polonski family, Jeanne begins to notice the icily controlled Mika behaving strangely. Her suspicions aroused, Jeanne begins the dangerous task of unravelling Mika's dark past of secrets and lies.
GABRIELLE (Patrice Chéreau)
Long evenings spent listening, watching, laughing, saying one thing and then the other. That’s the advantage of a circle of habitués: everybody knows everybody. Outbursts of honesty, extremes of secrecy, moments of doubt and founded or unfounded joy... It’s all there, to the guests’ delight and that of the master and mistress of the house, whose lives are a never-ending tale of success envied by others. Suddenly, the smooth-running clock tells the wrong time. One day, someone leaves and is late returning. When the bell chimes at last, the world has drastically changed. One day, brought together in the house, a man and woman see each other as they really are for the first time. One wanted this, the other didn’t. One wants to talk, the other doesn’t. It’s hard living in the same house when you don’t want the same things.