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Patrice Leconte

Initial DVD release
September 18, 2001




Drama, Romance

Music director
Pascal Esteve

Canada France

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Release date
April 19, 2000 (2000-04-19)

Claude Faraldo, Patrice Leconte (adaptation)

Daniel Auteuil
(Jean, le capitaine),
Emir Kusturica
(Joseph Auguste Néel),
Juliette Binoche
(Pauline, l'épouse du capitaine),
Michel Duchaussoy
(le gouverneur),
Philippe Magnan
(le président Venot),
Christian Charmetant
(le commissaire de la Marine)

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The widow of saint pierre

The Widow of Saint-Pierre (French: La veuve de Saint-Pierre) is a 2000 film by Patrice Leconte with Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil and Emir Kusturica. The film made its North American debut at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival. It was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2001 for Best Foreign Language Film. The film was also nominated in 2001 for two César Awards.


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The Widow of Saint Pierre movie scenes

In 1850, on the isolated French island of Saint-Pierre, a murder shocks the natives. Two fishermen are arrested. One of them, Louis Ollivier, dies in custody. The other, Neel Auguste (Emir Kusturica), is sentenced to death by the guillotine. However the island is so small that it has neither a guillotine nor an executioner. While one is sent for, Auguste is placed under the supervision of the army Captain (Daniel Auteuil).

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While Auguste is under the captain's care, the wife of the captain, Madame La, (played by Juliette Binoche) takes an interest in the convict and begins to try to redeem him. Under her auspices, Auguste works hard and carries out a number of good deeds for the good of the community. The locals begin to see that he has changed, and Madame La begins a campaign to stop him from being executed. After a year of awaiting execution, Auguste has become a changed man.

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When the guillotine finally arrives on the island, none of the islanders wants to be the executioner. However, Auguste remains a condemned man, and someone must be found to pull the lever on the guillotine. A newcomer arrives on the island who desperately needs money for his family. He agrees to become the executioner for money and housing but also takes on the social stigma of being the community's executioner. The guillotine arrives, and the townspeople are reluctant to help get it to shore, but, once they see Auguste helping to provide money for his family, the others take shifts, too. The Captain refuses to take Auguste to his execution and, because of this, is deemed treasonous and sentenced to death by firing squad. Both of the executions take place, and Madame La is shown alone and in mourning.


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  • Juliette Binoche as Madame La
  • Daniel Auteuil as The Captain
  • Emir Kusturica as Neel Auguste
  • Michel Duchaussoy as The Governor
  • Philippe Magnan as President Venot
  • Christian Charmetant as Marine officer
  • Philippe Du Janerand as Custom officer
  • Awards and nominations

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  • 2001 César Awards
  • Nominated for Best Actress - Juliette Binoche
  • Nominated for Best Supporting Actor - Emir Kusturica
  • Golden Globe Awards 2001
  • Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film
  • Sant Jordi Awards 2001
  • Winner Best Foreign Actor - Daniel Auteuil
  • 22nd Moscow International Film Festival
  • Winner Russian Film Critics Award - Best Film
  • Nominated for Golden Saint George Award
  • Jutra Awards 2001
  • Nominated for Best Art direction

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    The Widow of Saint Pierre movie scenes


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