Gabrielle has grown up among the rural petit-bourgeois, where her dream of passionate love is considered scandalous. At a time when women’s role is to get married, Gabrielle’s wild behavior creates problems; people think she is insane. Her parents marry her off to José, a seasonal worker whose job is to turn Gabrielle into a respectable woman. Gabrielle doesn’t love him and feels as though she is being buried alive. When she is sent away to undergo a water-cure for her kidney stones, her encounter with André Sauvage, a lieutenant wounded in the Indochina War, reignites her desire for absolute love. She swears they will flee together, and he seems to respond to her desire. This time, they won’t take what she calls “the most important thing” from her. Gabrielle wants to live out her dream.
A series of works to renovate and modernise the premises is currently ongoing at the Alliance Française. Please note that la galerie and la médiathèque will be closed from 20 to 25 August. The works will end early September and you will soon be able to discover a whole new Alliance Française with improved facilities and a new Café relocated at the 1st floor (le café Diabolo) for an even better experience. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused during the works and we look forward to showing you the new and upgraded Alliance Française.