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Thu, Feb 10, 2011
at 7:30 PM (NT)
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DIRECTOR: François Ozon - FRANCE

Updating a popular boulevard farce and employing a shrewd sense of its vintage camp elements, Ozon and his stellar cast poke fun at the foibles of French society and the war between the sexes. Set in the late 1970s in the provincial town of Sainte-Guenole, Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve) lives a bourgeois life dutifully waiting on her philandering husband Robert (Fabrice Luchini), who seems to be managing the family umbrella factory into bankruptcy. Everyone thinks that Madame Pujol is just “une potiche”—a trophy housewife—but when labor troubles break out at the factory and her husband has a heart attack, Madame has to take over the business. Aided by her Communist ex-lover Babin (Gérard Depardieu), she quickly proves that she’s more than mere decoration, setting in motion a suitably complicated power struggle for control of the business. (103 mins.)

Selected Filmography: Sitcom (98), Les Amants criminels (99), Sous le sable (00), 8 Femmes (02), Swimming Pool (03), 5 x 2 (04), Le Temps qui reste (05), Angel (07), Ricky (09), La Refuge (09).

Sponsored by TV5Monde, and with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.



Interests: Narrative Feature, French Language.

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