Whirlpool of Fate

Directed by Jean Renoir
Year: 1925
Country: France
Language: French intertitles with English subtitles

WHIRLPOOL OF FATE (1925) is Jean Renoir’s debut feature, a lyrical tale of the tragic life of an orphan girl. An independent feature shot on family friend Paul Cézanne’s property, La Nicotiere, it is a dreamy episodic melodrama that follows the poor girl as she endures the loss of her father, the abuse of her alcoholic uncle, and a perilous fall down a well that erases her memory and triggers surreal dreams. Presented in a beautiful new 4K restoration, WHIRLPOOL OF FATE gives an early glimpse of Renoir’s immense talent.

Catherine Hessling
Pierre Philippe
Pierre Brasseur
Pierre Champagne
Maurice Touze
Georges Terof

Directed by Jean Renoir