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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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Jean-François
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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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France, 1977: Women's Liberation is in the air. 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)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,618,844 (USA) (29 July 2011)
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Trivia

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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Parlez-vous français?
Written by Frank Dostal and Rolf Soja
Performed by Baccara
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The great Deneuve
11 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's 1977. Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve) is a restless housewife. Her husband Robert runs her family's umbrella factory badly and dismisses Suzanne. He has workers strife, financial malfeasance, and mistresses. He gets taken captive by the workers and Suzanne comes out of the kitchen to save him. Robert has a heart attack and hospitalized. Suzanne with old flame Maurice Babin (Gérard Depardieu) and her children Joëlle and Laurent work to end the strike and fix the company. Maurice is a former union leader and the local mayor. Joëlle has marriage problems of her own and sees her mother as nothing more than a happy housewife. Laurent is a leftist artist. When Robert recovers, he and Suzanne end up fighting for the company.

Catherine Deneuve is wonderful doing a few different roles of her character. I like her story. I can do without Maurice. He's a distraction and I don't like where the movie goes in the third act. I would have liked for her to stay with the company. It seems to take a slightly wrong turn. The drama starts with the company and should end with the company. It's also a missed opportunity to have fun with the employees. There is one fun scene with the union but the movie doesn't add to it. This is a good woman-power movie but it's got a few problems.


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