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Story of Women (1988)

Une affaire de femmes (original title)
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

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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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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February 1990 (USA)  »

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Story of Women  »

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$438,483 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Based upon the true story of Marie-Louise Giraud. See more »

Quotes

Paul: We're occupied, you know! You may have fancy food and a lover, but there's still a war on.
Marie: I'm for the Resistance.
Paul: You idiot, you're not for anything!
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Alla En El Rancho Grande
Written by Jorge del Moral - Maurice Vandair - Silvano Ramos - Bartley Costello
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Compelling Portrait of Morality During Wartime: How Are Criminals Created?
4 April 2013 | by (Paradise, California) – See all my reviews

This earns a high rating simply for the gritty, persuasive performance from it's star, Isabelle Huppert, who is called upon to be a mother and an abortionist, to be a lover and a murderer, to be a free spirit and a prisoner of Nazi tyranny; Huppert may never gain your sympathy, and doesn't play for it, but she should gain your understanding as she plays a true-to-life story of a woman severely punished by the French government for a woman's crime that the dominant culture can not countenance because of the political atmosphere at the time--all this, and it's a gripping story,too--but not at all a cheerer-upper.

When you have finished watching this film, you may find Huppert's character hasn't quite finished with you, an observant, quiet reminder of the consequences of our actions. Hers is a haunting performance.


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