Cinema: Shades Of Gray


Directed by Claude Chabrol

Screenplay by Colo Tavernier O'Hagan and Claude Chabrol

In 1943 the Vichy government condemned Marie-Louise Giraud to the guillotine for the crime of performing abortions. She was one of the last three women executed in France. If her story were made into an American TV movie, Giraud would cut one of two familiar figures. She might be a pioneer battler for reproductive rights, bravely tending to the misery of her countrywomen. Or she could be the cold and soulless predator, robbing a besieged nation of its progeny.

All praise, then, to Claude Chabrol for...

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