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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joëlle Pujol de la Morette
Laurent Pujol (as Jérémie Rénier)
Le routier espagnol (as Sergi Lopez)
Évelyne Dandry ...
Geneviève Michonneau
Bruno Lochet ...
André Ferron (le syndicaliste)
Elodie Frégé ...
Suzanne jeune
Gautier About ...
Babin jeune
Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine ...
Robert jeune
Noam Charlier ...
Martin De Myttenaere ...
Yannick Schmitz ...


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Potiche (Trophy Wife)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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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Entertaining film, with only a very few weak moments
22 October 2010 | by (Amersfoort, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Of course I was a bit on the defensive having tickets for a film starring several famous actors with a long history in major roles, like Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. Though fearing a sort of reliving-past-glories event, embarrassing for actors and viewers alike, it was a relief that I was proved wrong in my expectations. My final conclusion is that the film is entertaining throughout, after starting a bit weak. As a result it will entertain a large population of viewers.

The only minus points I have lie in the first 15 minutes. Especially the opening scene did not bode well for the rest. We see Catherine jogging and interacting with animals. Subsequently, in the same 15 minutes, my worst feelings seemed further confirmed because of a few scenes with family members. It showed a lot of overly emphasized role playing, each doing his very best to highlight the bad elements of their respective characters.

Past that opening exposition of main characters, the story took off and kept us all awake for the remainder of the time. What happens with the members of the family and the people around them, is very diverse and full of surprises. None of it can possibly be predicted.

An array of developments and complications unfold. All of these build on the good and bad psychological properties shown earlier, together making up the main character roles. In spite of what I said before, we see that aforementioned opening scenes are paying back, after all. The overacting that I observed in the opening scenes, may be only my imagination, being the result of my initial (wrong) attitude.

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