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Story of Women (1988)

Une affaire de femmes (original title)
Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Colo Tavernier (scenario & adaptation), Claude Chabrol (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Marie
François Cluzet ... Paul
Marie Trintignant ... Lulu / Lucie
Nils Tavernier Nils Tavernier ... Lucien
Lolita Chammah ... Mouche #2
Aurore Gauvin Aurore Gauvin ... Mouche #1
Guillaume Foutrier Guillaume Foutrier ... Pierrot #1
Nicolas Foutrier Nicolas Foutrier ... Pierrot #2
Marie Bunel ... Ginette
Dominique Blanc ... Jasmine
Evelyne Didi ... Fernande
Dani ... Loulou
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le président Lamarre-Coudray
Vincent Gauthier ... Me Fillon / Judge Fillon
Myriam David Myriam David ... Rachel
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Storyline

Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to hold a job. Marie discovers she can make money performing abortions, using a soapy water douche. Many of her clients are knocked up by occupying Germans. She buys better food and clothes, looks for a new flat, and, through an acquaintance, who is a prostitute, rents out her bedrooms to hookers during the day. She's indifferent to Paul; his humiliations grow as does her income. She hopes to be a singer. Male Vichy umbrage and moral hypocrisy may upend her. What is she thinking? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Story of Women See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$438,483
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based upon the true story of Marie-Louise Giraud. See more »

Quotes

Marie: I'm not just a housewife.
Lulu: No offense, but you look like one.
Marie: Maybe, but I'm not what I seem to be. I even do things that are against the law.
Lulu: Like what, baby face?
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Soundtracks

Ici l'on Pêche
Music by Jean Tranchant
Lyrics by Jean Tranchant
Performed by Jean Tranchant
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Compelling Portrait of Morality During Wartime: How Are Criminals Created?
4 April 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

This earns a high rating simply for the gritty, persuasive performance from it's star, Isabelle Huppert, who is called upon to be a mother and an abortionist, to be a lover and a murderer, to be a free spirit and a prisoner of Nazi tyranny; Huppert may never gain your sympathy, and doesn't play for it, but she should gain your understanding as she plays a true-to-life story of a woman severely punished by the French government for a woman's crime that the dominant culture can not countenance because of the political atmosphere at the time--all this, and it's a gripping story,too--but not at all a cheerer-upper.

When you have finished watching this film, you may find Huppert's character hasn't quite finished with you, an observant, quiet reminder of the consequences of our actions. Hers is a haunting performance.


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