Geneviève Bujold is ISABEL (1968)

Geneviève Bujold
“You can’t put anything into a character that you haven’t got within you.”
– Geneviève Bujold (Picture from Isabel; 1968)

Geneviève Bujold is one of my favorite working actresses and a recent Netflix search for her name revealed a Canadian horror film titled Isabel (Paul Almond; 1968) on “Instant Watch” that she appeared in, which I’d never heard of before. After searching through numerous books I own and researching the film online I was surprised by how little information about the movie was available. It received positive reviews from TIME Magazine as well as the New York Times when it was originally released but for one reason or another the film has fallen into relative obscurity over the years (especially outside of Canada ) and has never been released on video or DVD in the U.S. When I finally made some time to watch Isabel I fell in love with the film and was amazed by Bujold’s incredible performance. It’s a slow moving, thoughtful horror movie that will probably only appeal to a small audience but I decided to write about Isabel for the Movie Morlocks this week. Here’s a brief excerpt from my post:

“Paul Almond’s ISABEL (1968) begins with a train journey across a snow-covered landscape. We watch as the film’s star, Geneviève Bujold, sits awkwardly in her seat and squirms uncomfortably in front of the camera’s unrelenting eye. She is biding her time by shuffling through a small stack of books and papers in an effort to fend off unpleasant thoughts and feelings. You see, Isabel is a woman haunted by ghosts. These ghosts have hidden themselves deep within the recesses of Isabel’s troubled mind but when she’s asked to return to her family’s ancestral home following her mother’s death, Isabel is forced to confront the phantoms that posses her.”

If you’d like to read more about this fascinating film you’ll find my full post over at the Movie Morlocks:
Geneviève Bujold is ISABEL (1968) @ TCM’s Classic Movie Blog

I also created a Flickr gallery of images from the film that you can find here.