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Une affaire de femmes
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Isabelle Huppert ... Marie

François Cluzet ... 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

Dominique Blanc ... Jasmine
Evelyne Didi ... Fernande
Dani ... Loulou
François Maistre ... Le président Lamarre-Coudray
Vincent Gauthier ... Me Fillon / Judge Fillon
Myriam David ... Rachel
Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Le patron du Café
Bernard Houdeville ... Le paysan
Claire Conty ... La coiffeuse

Thomas Chabrol ... Le garçon de café
Catherine Deville ... Yvonne
Sylvie Flepp ... Berthe
François Lafont ... Grocer
Pierre Martot ... L'allemand
Jurgen Mash ... Officier allemand
Jean-Claude Lecas ... Robert
Roland Shön ... Le vieille homme
Anne-Marie Etienne ... Renée
Valérie Leboutte ... Marcelle
Fabienne Chaudat ... La patiente
Jacques Vincent ... Le résistant
Pascal Guégan
Jeannine Hames ... La cantatrice
Bernard Cherboeuf ... L'inspecteur
Elisabeth Sender ... Francine (as Elizabeth Sender)
Huguette Maillard ... Monique
Valérie Soudant ... Armelle
Lise Roy ... La garde
Jean-Michel Noirey ... Bailiff (as Jean-Michel Noiret)
Madeleine Marie ... Albertinie
Caroline Berg ... Hélène Fillon
Colette Charbonneau
Jacques Brunet ... Col. Chabert
Henri Attal ... Un poicier au procès
Jean-François Klein
Jean-Marc Roulot
Franck de la Personne ... L'avocat stagiaire Martinet (as Frank Lapersonne)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
Colo Tavernier (scenario & adaptation) &
Claude Chabrol (scenario & adaptation)

Colo Tavernier (dialogue) (as Colo Tavernier O'Hagen)

Francis Szpiner (book)

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Production Design by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
Production Management
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
Sound Department
Jean-Berthieu Chabrol .... sound recordist
Maurice Gilbert .... sound
Jean-Bernard Thomasson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominique Robert .... best boy grip

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Also Known As:
"Une affaire de femmes" - France (original title)
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108 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Based upon the true story of Marie-Louise Giraud.See more »
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second-class citizens, 5 January 2011
Author: Michael Neumann from United States

Isabelle Huppert portrays an uneducated but self-reliant wartime mother of two, who almost ruthlessly assumes the traditional male role of family breadwinner by helping (to use an old euphemism) young girls 'in trouble'. The film isn't exactly impartial in its attitude toward the opposite sex, but don't me misled by the somewhat presumptuous title: it isn't strictly a story for women, and despite the vocation of its heroine has little to say about the volatile issue of abortion. The focus is more on the plight of women as second-class citizens, forced by necessity to fend for themselves (and rely on each other) while their men are away playing soldiers. It tells a complex story very simply, avoiding any soapbox grandstanding but allowing Huppert a chance to invest her character with plenty of gender-specific spleen. The final impact is undeniable: it's an often powerful experience, likely to stir up plenty of talk and emotion.

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