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Indian mysticism takes a decidedly Gallic turn in writer-director Michel Spinosa’s “His Wife.” A man (Yves Attal) whose significant other has disappeared discovers that she died in India, where her spirit has possessed a younger woman. Although the film unfolds from the husband’s p.o.v., as the title suggests, its skillful time shuffling and the compelling presence of Charlotte Gainsbourg (Attal’s real-life spouse) assures equal representation, the wife’s identity gaining in autonomy as her husband is told her full story from beyond the grave. More interesting than fully successful, “His Wife,” unlike its protagonists, may never venture far from home.

Before she agrees to marry him, Catherine (Gainsbourg) takes Joseph (Attal) to what turns out to be a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, where she indirectly reveals to him her heroin addiction, now under control with a prescription opiate. Predictably for this rather cold, rational veterinarian, Joseph »


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