The Story of Adele H

François Truffaut

A French film based on the diary of Adele, the beautiful daughter of writer Victor Hugo, it was directed by François Truffaut in 1975. Adele meets a British officer and falls in love with him. She runs away and takes a new name, Miss Lewly, so as to not embarrass her famous father. The officer rejects her but hoping to convince him in time, she writes to her father that she has married him. She obstinately follows Pinson's unit to Barbados calling herself Mrs. Pinson. By now her clothes are in tatters and her neurotic mental condition is advanced. Hungry and penniless, she faints and is returned to her father who admits her in an asylum. It took Truffaut six years to make this sensitive film.