Based on Conrad's "The Return", "Gabrielle" is not a simple story of an unhappy marriage. The couple does not only see the parts that don't work but digs into them, but both get hurt by the things they discover while trying to dig deeper. The deeper they get, the more sorrow they share and they face a marriage that has long turned to a masquerade, like their whole life.
Their outburst will make both of them bleed from most of the long-paralyzed parts of their personalities.
A great screenplay, great directing by Chereau, and wonderful actings from Huppert and Greggory.
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