A film by Martin Provost
Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout the rest of their lives. A quest for freedom by freely writing about anything as Simone pushes Viollette to write because she sees a talented writer.
This film is a biography of Violette Leduc. It starts like this, The fake marriage to writer Maurice Sachs to neither’s benefit. Him a homosexual, her a bisexual, yeah that is going to do it. But Maurice leaves her and said that he will be back. Yeah right. The flash of motivation comes when Leduc discovers Simone de Beauvoir devouring her works, writing her own biography and seeking encouragement from the woman that becomes her mentor. You see Leduc was a bastard meaning her parents weren’t married her father left her mother when she was young so she struggles and thought because of it she will not be loved and she will not succeed at anything until she meet Simone were she pushes her to write about her life. Here is the thing Violette was ahead of her time because back then no one would write about their sexuality let along her bisexuality. She would right honestly as possible about her life. Devos and Kiberlain are excellent as they navigate towards awkward topics and situations. Violette is a vision sumptuousness amplified by the skills of cinematographer, Yves Cape. Devos embraced the character beautifully well.