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“Violette’s hold on life can be terrifying, at times ugly, but what she finally makes of that life is beautiful.”
– The New York Times

Emmanuelle Devos stars as Violette Leduc, the French writer and feminist pioneer who burst onto the literary scene in post-World War II Paris. Impoverished, unloved and battling low self esteem, the often-explosive Leduc is encouraged to write by Simone de Beauvoir (Sandrine Kiberlain). Leduc’s first novel, In the Prison of Her Skin, was published by Albert Camus and earned praise from Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Cocteau and Jean Genet (Jacques Bonaffé). Filmmaker Martin Provost (Séraphine) explores her turbulent relationships, particularly with Simone de Beauvoir, who fastidiously maintains her role as mentor while circumventing Violette’s romantic advances. In her writing, Leduc challenged the censors with her explicit subjects and prose. In French with English subtitles. Writers: Martin Provost, Marc Abdelnour, René de Ceccatty. Director: Martin Provost. (France 2013) 138 min.

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