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Story of Women (1988)
"Une affaire de femmes" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  February 1990 (USA)
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Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marie
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Paul
Marie Trintignant ...
Lulu / Lucie
Nils Tavernier ...
Lucien
Lolita Chammah ...
Mouche #2
Aurore Gauvin ...
Mouche #1
Guillaume Foutrier ...
Pierrot #1
Nicolas Foutrier ...
Pierrot #2
Marie Bunel ...
Ginette
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Jasmine
Evelyne Didi ...
Fernande
Dani ...
Loulou
François Maistre ...
Le président Lamarre-Coudray
Vincent Gauthier ...
Me Fillon / Judge Fillon
Myriam David ...
Rachel
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Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to hold a job. Marie discovers she can make money performing abortions, using a soapy water douche. Many of her clients are knocked up by occupying Germans. She buys better food and clothes, looks for a new flat, and, through an acquaintance, who is a prostitute, rents out her bedrooms to hookers during the day. She's indifferent to Paul; his humiliations grow as does her income. She hopes to be a singer. Male Vichy umbrage and moral hypocrisy may upend her. What is she thinking? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Beyond any moral.
9 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a true story and the heroine is not unlike Louis Malle's hero "Lacombe Lucien".They are too coarse,too immature to realize what they are doing.Lucien could have opted for the Resistance,but he's deemed too stupid by the schoolteacher and he winds up in Collaboration.Chabrol's heroine only wants to "help" her neighbors before she realizes she can earn a lot of dough with abortion.Chabrol watches his character as an entomologist,as she makes her way through those troubled times:the world has gone mad,and anyway is abortion worse than what the authorities are doing with the Jews ?Maréchal Petain's France was so humiliated that it tried to make up with it by focusing on "morality".

The heroine could make also think of Violette Nozières,another Chabrol movie which also featured Huppert.And she's also akin to Sandrine Bonnaire's character in "la cérémonie".All are women overtaken by events,all are victims of a well-meaning society,Chabrol's trademark. "Une affaire de femmes" is certainly a good work although it lacks the sweep and the directing innovations of his late sixties/early seventies classics.


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