The Baker's Wife (La Femme du boulanger) (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Baker's Wife (La Femme du boulanger) (1938)




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The Baker's Wife (La Femme de Boulanger), though based on a novel by Jean Giono, was specially tailored by writer/director Marcel Pagnol for the talents of the incomparable Raimu. The star plays the new baker in the French community of Provence. One of Raimu's first customers is shepherd Charles Moulin, who is immediately smitten by the middle-aged baker's young, toothsome wife Ginette LeClerc. In short order, Ginette runs off with Moulin, a turn of events that the stubborn Raimu refuses to acknowledge. As he grows more taciturn, he neglects his work, and soon the whole village anxiously awaits the wife's return, else they'll never see another loaf of bread. The local Marquis (Charpin) takes matters in hand by leading the townsfolk in a search party for the wayward wife. The charms of The Baker's Wife are both captivating and fragile; an attempt in 1976 to turn the property into a Broadway musical proved the fragility by ignoring the charm. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


as Aimable the baker
Ginette Leclerc
as Aurelie The Baker's Wife
Charles Moulin
as Dominique the Shepherd
Fernand Charpin
as The Marquis
Robert Vattier
as The Curate
Marcel Maupi
as Barnabe
Alida Rouffe
as The priest's servant
Charles Moulton
as Dominique the Shepherd
Robert Brassac
as The Schoolteacher
Edouard Delmont
as Maillefer
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Critic Reviews for The Baker's Wife (La Femme du boulanger)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Flagrantly unfashionable, but bursting with bucolic vigour and sly satirical wit.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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It is this undercurrent of tragedy, this steadfast air of dignity that is at once the secret of his funniest scenes, the quality that prevents his film from toppling into farce and makes The Baker's Wife a true comedy and a delightful one.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

this was probably overrated by its defenders at the time, but it still manages to deliver its share of chuckles.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The film's a time capsule of pre-war French cinema, flawed yet charming, problematic yet inviting.

January 8, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

In Pagnol's cinema, talk is action. He fills scenes with dialogue, yet allowing sufficient pauses and breaks - breathing room - in between exchanges ... amongst characters.

January 2, 2019 | Full Review…

It is a long film with a small subject, but the treatment is so authentic that it seems over far too soon, and the acting is superb.

October 1, 2003 | Full Review…

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