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  • 3.2
It's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air, but Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). Pujol oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and trophy housewife. When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. Her new role throws her back in touch with union leader Gerard Depardieu, a romantic fling from the past that still has sparks. When Robert returns from a restful cruise looking to reassert himself, things get complicated. Directed with superb style by Francois Ozon and based on the popular 1970s French stage play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy.


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Kitsch and a bit of fun, but not really enough to sustain the duration.

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Potiche wastes two of France’s great stars–Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu--in an allegedly feminist, unfunny comedy. I think I chuckled three times in this movie, although I often wondered if I was supposed to be laughing. Ozon seems to think it funny when three worried people sit down simultaneously.

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