Story of Women (Une Affaire de Femmes) (1989)
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Critic Reviews for Story of Women (Une Affaire de Femmes)
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.
An artfully done and disturbing film that raises questions about controversial social issues.
Audience Reviews for Story of Women (Une Affaire de Femmes)
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!
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.
Isabelle Huppert is a great actress. If acting on the screen can be considered performance art, she is one of the many talented people who can prove it. She is passionate, lighthearted and gentle in her movements. Sometimes I lose my faith in screen acting and I tend to look at other things to attract me in a film. Isabelle's face is radiant, arresting, expressive, full with spectrum of emotions. Claude Chabrol is one of my favorite New Wave directors. Personally, I was jaded from all the popular stuff by Godard and what have you but Claude is totally a breath of fresh air. In this particular film, he has magnificently able to evoke the atmosphere and mood of 40's occupied France in the most impeccable fashion. It's not pretentious not excessive. The naturalistic light in combination with the costumes are simply magnificent yet modest. Chabrol understands women and I believe he has great taste in women's fashion.
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