The Story of Adele H

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The story of beautiful Adèle Hugo, the second daughter of Victor Hugo, who is devastated by the accidental death of her elder sister. Hugo is living in exile on the island of Guernsey where Adèle meets and is seized by an obsessive and unrequited love for a British officer, Lt. Pinson. She follows him to Halifax, Nova Scotia, under the assumed name of Miss Lewly. While in Halifax, he rejects her, but she communicates to her parents that she has married him. Her father urges her to return home, but she destroys Pinson's hope of happiness by claiming to his actual fiancee's father, a judge, that Pinson is married to her. She follows him to Barbados, West Indies, where he is posted and assumes the name of Mrs. Pinson. By the time he catches up with Adèle, she does not acknowledge or recognize him. Returned to Paris, the Third Republic now established, she is placed in an asylum by her father. She dies in Paris in 1915, in her 85th year.

  1. François Truffaut

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jean Gruault


  3. Frances Vernor Guille


  4. Suzanne Schiffman


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  1. Isabelle Adjani

    Isabelle Adjani

    Adèle Hugo

  2. Bruce Robinson

    Bruce Robinson

    Lt Albert Pinson

  3. Sylvia Marriott

    Sylvia Marriott

    Mrs. Saunders

  4. JB

    Joseph Blatchley

    The Bookseller

  5. RD

    Ruben Dorey

    Mr. Saunders

  6. Ivry Gitlis

    Ivry Gitlis


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Movie Data


Original Title L'Histoire d'Adèle H.

Status Released

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 37m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • October 8, 1975



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