In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.
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Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) comes from a small village in the South of France, at a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Her parents marry her to José (Alex Brendemühl), an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her. Despite José's devotion to her, Gabrielle vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post-World War II society until the day she is sent away to a cure in the Alps to heal her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and André seems to share her desire. Will anyone dare rob her of her right to follow her dreams? Written by
The title "Mal di Pietre" (in Italian) / "Mal de Pierres" (in French) means "Evil Stones/Stone Pain/Stone Ache". In the context of the novel, it refers to the protagonist's kidney stones. While the English title, "From the Land of the Moon", comes from an excerpt of the novel: "Her whole life she had been told that she was like someone from the land of the moon..." See more »
When Gabrielle is in front of her mirror before being asked to go the doctor in the clinic, you can see a modern light switch as well as well as a grounded power outlet on the right. See more »