Une Vie (End of Desire) (One Life) (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Une Vie (End of Desire) (One Life) (1958)





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A Life is based on a novel by Guy De Mauppasant. Maria Schell plays Jeanne, who enters into a loveless marriage with impoverished Julien (Christian Marquand). Having married Jeanne only for her money, Julien has no qualms about carrying on an affair with Gilberte (Antonella Lualdi), the family maid. Even after Gilberte gives birth to Julien's child, Jeanne forgives her husband, but he fails to learn his lesson and suffers spectacularly as a result. The physical and psychological isolation of the long-suffering heroine is emphasized by director Alexandre Astruc's decision to film Un Vie almost exclusively in a remote, sterile country mansion. Un Vie was released in the U.S. as End of Desire. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Maria Schell
as Jeanne Dandieu
Christian Marquand
as Julien de la Mare
Antonella Lualdi
as Ghilberte Fourcheville
Ivan Desny
as Fourcheville
Gérard Darrieu
as Fisherman
Andree Tainsy
as Ludivine
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Critic Reviews for Une Vie (End of Desire) (One Life)

All Critics (3)

Une Vie is a wonderfully simple film.

September 2, 2021

Doom perpends always, Miss Schell looks put-upon and loving always, her sinister husband scowls always, and one's interest flags always.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It is 'style' in a vacuum, pure style and little else, a film addressed so exclusively to the eyesight that you would think it aimed at an audience all eyes and no more, since there seems no appeal to the whole personality, to mind, heart, spirit.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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