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.
BBFC classification advice: Contains moderate sex.
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