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76 Ratings


Directed by René Clément
France, 1956


Based on Émile Zola’s L’assommoir, Gervaiseis an uncompromising depiction of a lowly laundress’s struggles to deal with an alcoholic husband while running her own business. The film was nominated for an Oscar, and the indomitable Maria Schell earned best actress honors at the Venice Film Festival.

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Gervaise Directed by René Clément

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1956 | 4 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Academy Awards

1957 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

National Board of Review

1957 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1957 | 2 wins including: Best Film from any Source

1957 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actress

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