by Martin Provost

Violette Leduc, an illegitimate child born in the early 20th century, poor and unloved, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the post-war years, in St-Germain-des-Prés. An intense lifelong relation starts between the two women, based on the freedom to write for Violette, and, for Simone, on the conviction that the fate of an outstanding writer is in her hands.

139' - Video - Color - Dolby SR

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Emmanuelle Devos - Violette Leduc
Sandrine Kiberlain - Simone de Beauvoir
Olivier Gourmet - Jacques Guérin


Martin Provost
René de Ceccatty
Marc Abdelnour


TS Productions - Miléna Poylo and Gilles Sacuto


Climax Films - Olivier Rausin


Twenty Two - Olivier Rausin


Big Bang Distribution (Belgium and Luxembourg)
Contact Film (Holland)
Doc & Film (International)


(...) a shocking film with exhilarating casting.

" Violette" adorns the genre of a biopic, that cannot leave one insensitive, to the jewel of melancholy and suffering. A work that is at least as strong as Seraphine, if not stronger, for here, against only Yolande Moreau alone, we must include the strength of two outstanding actresses, who both deserve a high nomination.


Martin Provost has indeed orchestrated a direction of actors where each performs their character masterfully (...) Emmanuelle Devos (...) for example, performs one of his best roles.


They are two literary giants, rigorously opposed, yet nevertheless connected, by the certainty of the other's talent. Between Emmanuelle Devos (...) and Sandrine Kiberlain (...), their sketched encounters become fascinating moments



After a career as a theatre actor in Paris for which he left his home Bretagne, Martin Provost dedicated himself to writing and directing. He produced his own play, Le Voyage Immobile, in the early 80’s. Then he entered the Comédie Française as a trainee, where he stayed for 6 years. Followed by his second play, Les Poupées, and by Nous vivons tous dans un monde ou dans un autre. As a film actor, he played in Nea (1976) by Nelly Kaplan and La Zizanie by Claude Zidi. He directed two short movies J’ai peur du noir (1990) and Cocon (1993), before his first feature film Tortilla y Cinema (1997), followed by Le Ventre de Juliette (2003), addressing parents/kids issues, and Séraphine, whose lead character is played by Yolande Moreau.