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

Quotes

Marie: [In bed] Why are you smiling?
Lucien: You're not the best ever, but I like your squirrel coat.
Marie: You could've said "fur".
Lucien: "Fur" and "jewels" are words I never say in front of women.
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Le poéme de l'amour et de la mer
Written by Ernest Chausson
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A Sad Affair
14 March 2006 | by (Connecticut) – See all my reviews

With cool detachment and a subtle touch of horror, Claude Chabrol dissects the story of a woman who was guillotined during the Nazi occupation of France. One of his strengths as a director is that he allows the movie goer to form his/her own thoughts and opinions about the issues at hand. He is not a proselytizer.

The film covers a lot of ground: illegal abortion, collaborating with the enemy, parenting, marital communication, greed and a slew of other human weaknesses. All of this against the backdrop of an occupied France, a country who witnessed the horrors of WWI and never fully recovered, and whose WWII soul (what is left of it) has been torn apart.

Isabelle Huppert does a fine job interpreting Marie LaTour, the woman in question. Marie is not the most sympathetic of characters. In fact, most of the major characters are not "sympathique".(My favorite character is the prostitute Lulu, acted by Marie Trintignant.)

All in all a well directed, well structured film about a tragic period in the lives of the French people. But you be the judge.

Trivia: "Vera Drake" and "L'Affaire de Femmes" both begin in apartments which have the the same god awful green walls.


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