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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. Read critic reviews

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Jean begins to live life as an adult in the 19th century.

Cast & Crew

Judith Chemla
Jeanne Le Perthuis des Vauds
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Le baron Simon-Jacques Le Perthuis des Vauds
Yolande Moreau
La baronne Adélaïde Le Perthuis des Vauds
Swann Arlaud
Julien de Lamare
Olivier Perrier
L'abbé Picot
Clotilde Hesme
Gilberte de Fourville
Alain Beigel
Georges de Fourville
Stéphane Brizé
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Stéphane Brizé
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Florence Vignon
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Antoine Héberlé
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Anne Klotz
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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (9)

  • The narrative is suffused with subtle yet piquant moral commentary.

    August 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

    January 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.

    January 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Whirlwind is something of a watchword for this inventive melodrama, which condenses into some 27 years into two hours, using daringly succinct, precise scenes, brilliantly spliced by editor Anne Klotz.

    January 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A Fascinating period drama, made with a deft hand and an assured style. Beautifully made with some the impeccable lead performances.

    January 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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