biopic / France, Belgium / 2013cast:
Marc Abdelnour, Martin Provost, René de Ceccatty
A film introduces Polish viewers to bisexual writer Violette Leduc and her relationship with Simone de Beauvoir. The creator of the film is Martin Provost, previously acknowledged by his Cesar awarded “Seraphine”. The story goes back in time to post-war Paris. A young writer moves into a tiny flat. Having been left by her husband, she has to start her life all over again. Although she is not enthusiastic about this new opportunity, she decides to devote herself to writing, perceiving her creative work as the only chance to get back on her feet. Her long-time supressed bitterness and inner fear find their way onto the pages of the new novel and help her tame the dramatic memories from the past as well as deal with the unsettled relations with her family and people around her. Violette’s literary life quickly evolves turning her private life inside out. She meets and gets close Simone de Beauvoir which indisputably changes her also as a writer. Out of respect for her new friend’s talent, Simone decides to help with publishing her first book, while Violette is becoming more and more possessive, demanding Simone’s attention and gradually also true love. Despite a lot of sympathy and support Violette receives from her friends, she never ceases to feel lonely, unwanted and extremely unhappy. Sadly, those feelings, so devastating to her private life, will become a great inspiration for her consecutive novels, while her friendship with Simone de Beauvoir, the key figure for the feminist movement, will prove the most important relation in her life.