Story of Women (Une Affaire de Femmes) (1989)
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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.
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.
As this movie shows, if a woman has a duty to the state to deliver a baby that is a fascistic idea! You may condemn it morally but when you criminalize something you by definition transform into a crime against the state.
And it strikes me odd that a lot of tea baggers who call a state fascistic for even attempting to reasonably regulate firearms or healthcare, insist that it sticks its nose into woman's vagina!
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