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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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Laurent Pujol (as Jérémie Rénier)
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André Ferron (le syndicaliste)
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Suzanne jeune
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Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine ...
Robert jeune
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Martin De Myttenaere ...
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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)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$86,017, 27 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,618,844, 31 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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A Renault 4 GTL is seen in the background. This version, with gray bumpers, was introduced in 1978, while the film is set in 1977. See more »

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Version of Potiche (1983) See more »

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Parlez-vous français?
Written by Frank Dostal and Rolf Soja
Performed by Baccara
© Margarine Music Verlag GmbH
(P) 1978 BMG Ariola Hamburg GmbH
Avec l'autorisation de S.E.M.I. - Paris et de Sony Music Entertainment France
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A balanced battle
12 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

"Your job is to share my opinion." Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini) to his wife.

As you can tell from the trailers and the above quote, Suzanne Pujol (Catherine Deneuve) will not remain a potiche (Trophy wife) for long in Potiche, a fluffy satire of the late '70's fascination with the feminist movement. It's a lightweight look at the emergence of a woman to run the family business in a style that melds conservative and liberal values in the form of negotiations with unions and meaningful dialogue.

The soft touch of director Francois Ozon is evident in almost every frame, from Suzanne's modest but flattering outfits to her soothing charm that binds friends and family in a humanity coming partly from her considerable beauty, even as a middle-aged woman, and partly from a script that leans to the left with good cheer.

Along the way writers Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy (both successful with Just Go with It) guarantee Suzanne will triumph in the factory and a coda that looks ahead to Hillary Clinton. Although none of the dialogue is memorable and some of the setups sophomoric, the film retains its respect for her and the mission of feminism. The sweetness of it all is that despite her philandering husband, Suzanne has a checkered past as well, making for a balanced battle of the sexes.


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