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This delightfully fun film sees legendary stars Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu team up with Swimming Pool director François Ozon for this dark comedy. Set in the 1970s, Deneuve plays Suzanne Pujol, the oppressed trophy wife (‘potiche’) of a bullying philanderer who runs an umbrella factory. Her life changes when her husband is taken hostage by aggrieved workers and winds up in hospital, and with the aid of the town’s communist mayor Maurice Babin (Depardieu) – who also happens to be a former lover –Suzanne steps in to take control of the factory and proves a surprising success.

Screening as part of our François Ozon Season to mark the release of the director's new film Frantz.

BBFC classification advice: Contains moderate sex.

Director(s): François Ozon   Country of Origin: France Language(s):In French (subtitles in English) 
Year: 2010   Running Time: 1hr 43 mins  
BBFC Advice: 15 No children under 15 may watch this film.  

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Film Club said...

A quintessentially French comedy starring Catherine Deneuve with a cameo role from Gerard Depardieu. There are one or two "clunky" frames in the "Carry On" mould but in some Film Club members' minds the film was redeemed by superb acting especially from Catherine Deneuve

5 years ago

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Peter Nicklin said...

A delight. Funny, warm and engaging. Effortless performances from Deneuve and Depardieu and a convincing 1970's context. And Deneuve is still sensational.

5 years ago

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