La Voix humaine


Discover the story of Poulenc's La Voix humaine.

A woman, Elle, is alone in her apartment. The phone rings. After several wrong connections, finally she hears the voice of her ex on the line. Gradually we learn details of their relationship and their recent break-up.

Elle blames herself, and admits that she attempted suicide the night before. They talk and we hear her slipping from flirtation to anger, nostalgia to desperation and pleading. Gradually she realises that he is speaking to her from his new girlfriend’s house; it’s the final straw. She winds the cord of the phone around her neck and, telling him repeatedly that she loves him, drops the receiver…

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