Video Review

Colonel Chabert

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genre: Foreign Language; With: Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant

Cinematographer Yves Angelo makes a brilliant directorial debut with his rich, intense, and sober adaptation of Honora de Balzac's magnificent novel, Colonel Chabert. Gérard Depardieu is at his most empathic as a scarecrow of a man returned from the Napoleonic Wars to seek reinstitution of his identity. Fabrice Luchini is splendid as the lawyer who takes his case, and the lovely Fanny Ardant is radiantly vain and brittle as Depardieu's remarried wife. Angelo achieves that rare novelistic feel on film — an unflagging focus on the details of character, beautifully served by the intimate nature of video. A-

Originally posted Jun 16, 1995 Published in issue #279 Jun 16, 1995 Order article reprints