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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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Le routier (as Sergi Lopez)
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Geneviève Michonneau
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André Ferron (le syndicaliste)
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Martin De Myttenaere ...
Stanislas
Yannick Schmitz ...
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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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)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,618,844 (USA) (29 July 2011)
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A trailer for this film is used in UK cinemas as part of the "Don't let mobile phones spoil your film" campaign run by the telecoms company Orange. The English subtitles have been replaced with new phone-related dialogue and the music in the disco sequence is replaced with a ringtone version. See more »

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The movie is set in 1977, but some of the cars have white headlights. French cars had yellow headlights and switched to white ones only in 1993. However Gerard Depardieu's car has the correct headlights. See more »

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

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Qu'est Ce Qui Fait Pleurer Les Blondes
Vocals by Sylvie Vartan
(p) 2010, Naïve
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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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