Potiche Reviews

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August 5, 2019
It's sophisticated without being stuffy and witty without being pretentious - an utterly enchanting homage to the great comedies of yesteryear.
January 8, 2019
Deneuve is as luminous as ever.
August 29, 2018
I guarantee that you will enjoy this camp, funny and political film that uses its seventies setting to engage the viewer in equality issues that are still relevant today.
May 14, 2018
It all starts to go wrong when Ozon puts his own twist on the play by adding a new act... The addendum ultimately makes Potiche too pastiche.
May 3, 2015
Dithers here and yon, with a deliberately dated tinny score and retro camera movements that annoy just as often as they delight.
August 15, 2013
Even though we don't really care about the dialogue or script at times, it's easy--and fun!--to be distracted by the pretty pictures.
January 12, 2013
Deneuve and Depardieu -- daft and funny and feather light
February 11, 2012
Deneuve's performance and the artistic design make this film work, despite shortcomings in humor and plotting.
January 27, 2012
Catherine Deneuve continues her run as world cinema's most gracefully aging actress.
July 31, 2011
...a failed farce that seems unlikely to please even Ozon's most ardent fans...
July 4, 2011
...rose-tinted, sun-dappled flashbacks and clever use of split-screens and slow-zoom dramatic reveals add to the fromage and homage factor to '70s TV.
June 24, 2011
Some of the scenes are a bit stilted whenever the film betrays its theatrical roots. And the wordy script means you'll be reading a lot of subtitles if your ears can't keep up with the dialogue.
June 22, 2011
Ozon ... attacks his material with huge zest, playing up kitsch elements but never losing sight of more serious points.
June 19, 2011
A blend of boulevard farce, 1970s sex comedy and political satire. Deneuve responds to the challenge magnificently and with a glint of mischief.
June 18, 2011
A hugely enjoyable French farce with a witty script and terrific performances from Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.
June 17, 2011
Deneuve's combination of dignity and a determined ordinariness is just right, while Depardieu's lovelorn political beast is equally watchable.
June 17, 2011
Catherine Deneuve is on magnificent form -- singing and dancing! -- in Franois Ozon's comedy of female emancipation in the 1970s.
June 17, 2011
Told with sly humour and eye-catching period detail, Potiche offers frothy fun underpinned by some astute observations about the dawn of feminism and the seismic changes in French society at this period.
June 16, 2011
Ozon's film has its winking way with Deneuve, and she winks right back at it: she's funny, loose and charming, but also aptly exasperated, and there's room for a strain of melancholy .
June 16, 2011
It is a period pastiche executed with brilliant attention to detail and a weird, suppressed passion, like a sitcom in a bad dream.
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