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A Woman's Life (Une vie)2017

A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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

It doesn't make for cheerful viewing but, in its own downbeat way, A Woman's Life makes absorbing filmmaking.

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

It's marvellously done, with mournful aquatint colours, spare music (on what sounds like a spinet) and elliptical tableaux that keep you creatively guessing.

January 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Credit to Stéphane Brizé for an impressive piece of filmmaking with a refreshingly contemporary approach.

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