Long-established director Emir Kusturica makes his acting debut in Patrice Leconte 's 19th century tale of a loyal, strong-willed woman who follows her soldier husband to a desolate French territory off the coast of Newfoundland. Madame La ( Juliette Binoche ) lives in marital bliss on the island of Saint-Pierre with her loving, oddball husband ( Daniel Auteuil ), simply called "the Captain" by his charges. Their world is upset one night, however, when two visiting sailors on a bender murder a local citizen. Neel ( Kusturica ) is sentenced to death, but the other one dies in a carriage accident before reaching prison. As the island waits for a guillotine (or "widow") to be shipped from the French government, Madame La does her best to convince the townspeople that Neel is genuinely good of heart and doesn't deserve a bloody fate. La Veuve de Saint-Pierre marks the second time that Auteuil has worked with director Leconte : their first effort, La Fille Sur la Pont , earned him a Best Actor award at the Cesars, France's equivalent to the Academy Awards. La Veuve screened at the 2000 Cannes and Toronto film festivals. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi
- Period Film, Romantic Drama
- Crisis of Conscience, Redemption, Social Injustice, Class Differences, Star-Crossed Lovers
- 01 hr 48 min
- French , English
- Spanish , English , French
- September 18, 2001
- Michel Duchaussoy , Juliette Binoche , Emir Kusturica , Daniel Auteuil
- Patrice Leconte
Rating: R - Violence, Sexual Situations
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