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Hellé (1972)

An angry and embittered army veteran returns from Vietnam to his village, high in the Savoy mountains of France, where he attempts to brutalize those around him.

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Roger Vadim (story), Monique Lange (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon ... François de Marceau
Didier Haudepin Didier Haudepin ... Fabrice Fournier
Maria Mauban Maria Mauban ... Hélène Fournier
Bruno Pradal Bruno Pradal ... Julien Fournier
Robert Hossein ... Kleber
Gwen Welles ... Hellé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annick Berger Annick Berger
Jackie Blanchot Jackie Blanchot ... (as Jacky Blanchot)
Dorothée Blanck Dorothée Blanck ... (as Dorothée Blank)
Agnès Capri Agnès Capri
Pascal Cousin Pascal Cousin
Michel Dacquin Michel Dacquin
Dominique Delpierre
Dora Doll
Rudy Lenoir Rudy Lenoir
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An angry and embittered army veteran returns from Vietnam to his village, high in the Savoy mountains of France, where he attempts to brutalize those around him.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 May 1972 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hellé, perversión de una inocente See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Générique Début
Performed by 'Choeur National Jacques Grimbert'
Music composed by Philippe Sarde
Licensed by Gruppo Sugar (Italy)
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Remarkable French Anti-War Film of the Viet Nam Era
14 July 2000 | by pressmanSee all my reviews

I saw Helle in a theatre in Andorra, in 1973, and have been searching for it ever since, wondering why it has remained so obscure. The setting is a village in the High Savoy mountains, providing the film a stunning scenic backdrop. By contrast, the idyllic feel of early 1950s French rural life is torn apart by the reappearance of a returned -- and embittered -- French veteran of Viet Nam. Despair, eroticism, and suicide become the themes pursued by the film, whose impact is powerful. For Americans who thought they alone were scarred by Viet Nam, it is historical tonic.


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