Saturday, September 17, 2016

LE VOLEUR D'ENFANTS (1991): A French Orphan Seduces the Colonel

Le Voleur D'enfants (1991) [English: The Children Thief] is a film set in 1925 Paris that was based on a novel by Jules Supervielle. 

In the French film, Colonel Philemon Bigua and his wife can't beget; so, they platonically open the doors of their opulent mansion to Parisian orphans. 

However, after Gabrielle (Virginie Ledoyen), a nymphet, enters the mansion, she seduces the Colonel, which shifts their relationship from platonic to romantic.

Virginie Ledoyen, was fifteen-years-old when Le Voleur D'enfants was released; thus, she may have been fourteen-years-old when her totally nude, but non-sexual, scenes were filmed.

Lastly, I for one I'm not surprised that Nabokov, as Boyd wrote in Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years, "[...] found the poet Jules Supervielle 'terribly nice and talented,' and they quickly became friends. He translated some of Supervielle's verse into Russian [...]" And Stanislav Shvabrin of the University of North Carolina may have found a link between Supervielle's Bigua and Nabokov's Humbert.

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