Grand Isle (1991)


A soporific adaptation of The Awakening, Kate Chopin’s proto-feminist, turn-of-the-century novel about a Kentucky-born wife and mother of two whose summer season on Grand Isle with her husband’s easy-going Creole friends frees her from inhibitions. Courted by the young Robert, she finds herself through swimming, unrequited love, painting and other unconventional behaviour.

Director: Mary Lambert.
Writers: Kate Chopin (novel), Hesper Anderson (screenplay).
Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jon DeVries, Adrian Pasdar, Ellen Burstyn, Julian Sands, Anthony DeSando, Glenne Headly, Michael Audley, Marion Zinser, Marianne Mason, Patrick Weathers, Taylor Simpson, Ron Millkie, Avery Jolly, Chad Folse.



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  1. Gabrielle
    January 31, 2021

    Yay! I am tickled plaid to see this here! I’ve been searching for it for what feels like forever! Thank you so much!!!!

  2. Ursula Hemard
    March 17, 2021

    Same here just like Gabrielle …. So excited to find this here … have been searching since years … big fan of the book … as far as I know this was the only attempt until now to turn the novel into a movie …. thank you so much!!!

  3. Ashlynn Paquette
    November 3, 2022

    Beautiful movie about women finding their independence, though I just wish the ending could have coincided with a hallmark movie. If you know what I mean?

  4. Laura
    March 25, 2023

    Fifteen minutes in, I couldn’t continue on. I felt like it was just showing snippets of the book in a very boring way. Plus, the scene where Madame Ratagniolle chastises Robert about flirting with Edna doesn’t make sense unless you know the context of their friendship, which was not illustrated by the movie. I skipped to the end and her suicide isn’t clear at all, and it seemed like a long montage of her boobs floating around the ocean like jellyfish. I just feel like this movie wasn’t doing much for me and didn’t even get the basics down either.

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