A Woman's Life (Une vie)


A Woman's Life (Une vie)

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A Woman's Life offers absorbing, powerfully acted period drama that's further elevated by brilliant work from director/co-writer Stéphane Brizé.



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A Woman's Life is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne's rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

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Yolande Moreau
as La Baronne
Olivier Perrier
as L'abbé Picot
Clotilde Hesme
as Gilberte de Fourville
Alain Beigel
as Georges de Fourville
Finnegan Oldfield
as Paul (20ans)
Lucette Beudin
as La servante Ludivine
Jérôme Lanne
as Le médecin
Mélie Deneuve
as La nourrice
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  • What saves this from being a dull downer is the lightness of touch in the direction and performances, the spontaneity of the dialogue as characters discuss dress designs or household expenditure.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A respectful adaptation, yet one that fails to translate the intensity of Maupassant's writing.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The director Stéphane Brizé does some lovely work with non-chronological flashbacks and flash-forwards, but the deadening sense that we know exactly where this is going (hint: not up) is never quite undone.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Credit to Stéphane Brizé for an impressive piece of filmmaking with a refreshingly contemporary approach.

    Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Guy de Maupassant's first novel, about a trusting French noblewoman who follows her husband and then her grown son into financial ruin, gets a slow, sensual, impressionistic treatment from director Stéphane Brizé.

    Jun 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • We warm to Jeanne's plight not because it is so relatable or familiar, but rather because every turn feels so vivid and so enveloping.

    May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

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