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Potiche (2010)

R | | Comedy | 15 April 2011 (USA)
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When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Joëlle Pujol
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Laurent Pujol (as Jérémie Rénier)
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When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Depardieu), a former union leader. Written by IMDb Editors

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The trophy is coming off the shelf. See more »

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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15 April 2011 (USA)  »

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Potiche (Trophy Wife)  »

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$86,017 (USA) (25 March 2011)

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$1,618,844 (USA) (29 July 2011)
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The vintage microphone used by Catherine Deneuve in the final singing scene is a AKG D202, nicknamed "the Rocket" because of its distinctive shape. See more »

Goofs

Bacarra - Parlez Vous Francais, the song played when they enter the bar, came out in 1978, yet the movie is set in 1977. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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C'est beau la vie
Written by Claude Delecluse , Michele Senlis and Jean Ferrat
Performed by Catherine Deneuve
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Potiche = exuberant pastiche
7 November 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Baccara & the Beegees in the soundtrack! Deneuve and Dépardieu doing the Night Fever dance! Squirrels! Hot truck drivers with sideburns! son Laurent who looks like Claude François, daughter Joelle with a Farrah Fawcett hairdo: this film gets a ten+ for the art direction and a 9 for the colourful cinematography.

As for Deneuve, in a role reminiscent of 8 Femmes' Gaby (2002 - she made 17 movies since!) is bubbly, sparkling and the stuff movie stars are made off - she sucks the viewer into the story.

Dépardieu, well is Dépardieu; Deneuve's husband played by Fabrice Luchini is the weak link in the story. He never comes off as a credible character. The kids' acting is alright, though they sometimes blend in with the wallpaper too much. It's just a bit too much visual and too little feeling.

Potiche is a Japanese flower pot and a merry housewife and Suzanne Pujol at first appears both. As the drama unfolds, there is more in Suzanne than we first thought. The story is like a soufflé, pleasant, fluffy and at risk to implode at times.

What perhaps should be a study about women's emancipation in the Seventies has more of a feel of a prequel to 'Dynasty a la Française', and a whiff of British comedy 'Are you being served?' thus making the viewer feel a bit iffy at times.

We saw this as the 5th movie at a film screening in the Netherlands, right after Des Hommes et dieux (of gods and men - the French Oscar submission); in that context the exuberant pastiche that made potiche was a welcome delicious dessert of our day of digesting the finest films. Go and see it!


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