At last I have managed to acquire a VHS copy of this elusive French film which was partially shot in Dublin with an all French cast and crew. It never made it to DVD and the few VHS copies that I’ve come across on the French Amazon and eBay sites have always been wildly expensive. This brand new copy cost me €25 including p+p – all I need now is to get my VHS player serviced. I also picked up a copy of “Mon Film” magazine this week for a couple of Euros – a special 14 page supplement about the film – I just hope that my little used schoolboy French is up to it.
The film can be found under at least four different names including “La Jeune Folle”, “Desperate Decision”, “The Troubles” and “Revenge at Daybreak”. The exteriors were filmed in Dublin but as I haven’t watched it yet I can’t be more specific than that. It was released in 1952 and starred Danièle Delorme in the lead role. Based on the novel “Ar Follez Yaouank” by Catherine Beauchamp.
During the Irish War of Independence, a strange young woman Catherine (Daniele Delorme) who lives in a convent is haunted by premonitions that her brother needs her, but in fact he has been killed by the IRA as an informer. As she looks for her brother, she is sheltered by the rebel organisation and unknowingly falls in love with Steve (Henri Vidal) the man who ordered her brothers killing…
The author, Catherine Beauchamp (a pseudonym for Francine Rozec ) came from an revolutionary background in real life and had belonged to a Breton pro-Nazi militia, Bezen Perrot, which was modeled on the IRA. She fled to Ireland after the war but later returned to France where she died in 1992.