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Une Affaire de Femmes (Story of Women) (1988)

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The women in this story are the customers of amateur abortionist Isabelle Huppert. The time is 1941, and the place is a Nazi-occupied French town. Struggling to survive, Huppert turns to illegally terminating unwanted pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Huppert moves her family from their grimy surroundings to a posh apartment, sharing her digs with her new friend, prostitute Marie Trintignant. Completely seduced by her affluent lifestyle, Huppert ignores her shell-shocked

Jul 27, 2004

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

Huppert's performance is riveting under Chabrol's keen direction.

May 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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It's an interesting look at a tiny aspect of the French condition in WWII, but I had hoped for a more sweeping and insightful film from one of cinema's masters.

July 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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An artfully done and disturbing film that raises questions about controversial social issues.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The gripping story of a true survivor.

January 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Une Affaire de Femmes (Story of Women)

The Second World War continues to be a great source of film material and this is an important addition to that collection of film..albeit one that isn't overly compelling. A tiny conflict within a larger one.
October 24, 2012
John Ballantine

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I admire Isabelle Huppert more and more as an actress with each film I see her in. Here she plays Marie Latour, one of the last women guillotined in France, for having performed illegal abortions. The subject is obviously a delicate one. Chabrol doesn't take sides though. The dark side of this woman is evident, she shows little or no concern for her clients and seemingly is only doing it to get as much money as possible out of it. But there is also a innocence to her, to do anything she can to provide the best for her children.
Would make a great (though admittingly bleak) double feature with Vera Drake.
July 3, 2009
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Foreign Titles

  • Eine Frauensache (DE)
  • Story of Women (Une affaire de femmes) (UK)
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