Director: Claude Chabrol
Cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Virginie Leydoyen
A young woman named Sophie is interviewed for a housekeeping position at the country estate of Catherine Lelievre and her family. Sophie is enigmatically succinct in her answers, but her references are highly complimentary, and she is immediately offered the job.
However , from the onset, it is evident that there is something odd about Sophie's behaviour. She has an instinctive, patent respomse of " I don't know" to most questions, even when the answer doesn't apply. She refuses to dust the books in the library, despite keeping the rest of the house impeccably clean. She prefers to wash the dishes by hand, instead of using the dishwasher.
When she is given an opportunity to take driving lessons, she claims to have poor vision and declines the offer. Georges Lelievre sends her to an optometrist for an eye examination, but she avoids the appointment, and sends the afternoon shopping around town.
One day she is left a note on the kitchen table, and the truth becomes evidents - Sophie cannot read. In an attempt to conceal her illiteracy from every one, she becomes increasingly withdrawn from her employers, and the deception and lies compound.
Inevitably, her relationship with an eccentric, interfering postal worker named Jeanne, a woman of dubious character , grows unnaturally close, and the relationship leads to an incomprehensible act.
1995 Venice Film Festival
Volpi Cup for Best actree Sandrine Bonnaire & Isabelle Huppert
1996 Ceser Awards
Best Actress - Isabelle huppert
Best Director - Claude Chabrol
Best Supporting Actor - Jean-Pioerre cassel
Best Supporting Actress - Jacqueline Bisset
1996 Los Angeles Film Critics Association
LAFCA Award for Best Foriegn Film
1997 National Society For Film Critics USA
NSFC Award For Best Foriegn Language Film
The film is being screened on the 26th of February from 1830 hrs onwards at Sarathi Studios. Please contact Prakash Reddy of Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0265, 93910-20243 for further details.