Violette (2013 film)


Film poster
Directed by Martin Provost
Produced by Gilles Sacuto
Miléna Poylo
Written by Martin Provost
Starring Emmanuelle Devos
Music by Hugues Tabar-Nouval
Cinematography Yves Cape
Edited by Ludo Troch
Distributed by Diaphana Films (France)
Release dates
  • 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06) (TIFF)
  • 6 November 2013 (2013-11-06) (France)
Running time
139 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $6 million
Box office $1.6 million[1]

Violette is a 2013 French-Belgian biographical drama film written and directed by Martin Provost, about the French novelist Violette Leduc.[2] It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]


During the last years of World War II, Violette Leduc lives with Maurice Sachs, who doesn't love her but who does encourage her to write. She seeks out Simone de Beauvoir and eventually presents her with a draft her first book. De Beauvoir rewards Violette's trust by reading and commenting on the book and by introducing her to contemporary intellectual icons Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Genet and Albert Camus. In 1964, the success of Violette Leduc's autobiographical bestseller La Bâtarde enables her to earn a living from her writing.



Violette received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 84%, based on 43 reviews, with an average score of 7.2/10. The site's consensus reads, "Led by an outstanding performance from Emmanuelle Devos, Violette is a rewarding, bracingly honest look at social mores and the literary life.".[4] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 72, based on 14 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]


Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Magritte Awards Best Foreign Film in Coproduction Nominated


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  2. "Violette". Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  3. "Violette". TIFF. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  4. "Violette (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. "Violette". Metacritic.
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