Le Reve (The Dream) was based on a novel by Emile Zola. Raised by a middle-class family, a foundling grows up to become an embroiderer. She dreams of escaping her humdrum existence by marrying a handsome man and living happily ever after. She gets her wish when she weds the foster son of a well-to-do bishop. As for "happily ever after," this is <i>technically</i> the case, since the heroine dies immediately after the wedding! In the original novel, the girl's soul ascends to heaven, where she realizes total and everlasting bliss; this is the sort of denouement that is virtually impossible to pull off successfully on film, and Le Reve barely comes close.
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