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Potiche (2010)

R | | Comedy | 15 April 2011 (USA)
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When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and ... See full summary »

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario), Pierre Barillet (play) (as Barillet) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Suzanne Pujol
Gérard Depardieu ... Maurice Babin
Fabrice Luchini ... Robert Pujol
Karin Viard ... Nadège Dumoulin
Judith Godrèche ... Joëlle Pujol
Jérémie Renier ... Laurent Pujol (as Jérémie Rénier)
Sergi López ... Le routier (as Sergi Lopez)
Évelyne Dandry Évelyne Dandry ... Geneviève Michonneau
Bruno Lochet ... André Ferron (le syndicaliste)
Élodie Frégé Élodie Frégé ... Suzanne jeune
Gautier About ... Babin jeune
Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine ... Robert jeune
Noam Charlier Noam Charlier ... Flavien
Martin De Myttenaere Martin De Myttenaere ... Stanislas
Yannick Schmitz Yannick Schmitz ... Jean-François
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Storyline

When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Depardieu), a former union leader. Written by IMDb Editors

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

France, 1977: Women's Liberation is in the air. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Potiche (Trophy Wife) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,017, 27 March 2011

Gross USA:

$1,618,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,309,881
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1977. See more »

Goofs

A Renault 4 GTL is seen in the background. This version, with gray bumpers, was introduced in 1978, while the film is set in 1977. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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Written by Jean-Paul Cara (as J. P. Cara) and Tony Rallo
Performed by Catherine Ferry
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Entertaining film, with only a very few weak moments
22 October 2010 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Of course I was a bit on the defensive having tickets for a film starring several famous actors with a long history in major roles, like Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Though fearing a sort of reliving-past-glories event, embarrassing for actors and viewers alike, it was a relief that I was proved wrong in my expectations. My final conclusion is that the film is entertaining throughout, after starting a bit weak. As a result it will entertain a large population of viewers.

The only minus points I have lie in the first 15 minutes. Especially the opening scene did not bode well for the rest. We see Catherine jogging and interacting with animals. Subsequently, in the same 15 minutes, my worst feelings seemed further confirmed because of a few scenes with family members. It showed a lot of overly emphasized role playing, each doing his very best to highlight the bad elements of their respective characters.

Past that opening exposition of main characters, the story took off and kept us all awake for the remainder of the time. What happens with the members of the family and the people around them, is very diverse and full of surprises. None of it can possibly be predicted.

An array of developments and complications unfold. All of these build on the good and bad psychological properties shown earlier, together making up the main character roles. In spite of what I said before, we see that aforementioned opening scenes are paying back, after all. The overacting that I observed in the opening scenes, may be only my imagination, being the result of my initial (wrong) attitude.


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