Cordélia is a 1980 Canadian French language film directed and written by Jean Beaudin. It is an adaptation of the novel La lampe dans la fenêtre by Pauline Cadieux, itself based on the real-life 1890s murder trial of Cordélia Viau and Samuel Parslow.


Set in a village in the 1890s, the film centres on Cordélia Viau (Louise Portal), a woman who invites men into her home while her husband is away. This action offends the conservative villagers. One of the men who was invited in is found dead and the woman is suspected and judged for her immoral act rather than the crime of murder she may have committed.

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    contentLocation Quebec
    director Jean Beaudin
    editor Jean Beaudin
    genre crime drama
    keywords immoral morality suspect than the
    musicBy Maurice Blackburn
    producer Roger Frappier
    productionCompany National Film Board