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Story of Women (1988)

Une affaire de femmes (original title)
A housewife in Nazi-occupied France struggles to make ends meet when her husband returns home after being wounded in the war.


Claude Chabrol


Colo Tavernier (scenario & adaptation), Claude Chabrol (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Drama | Romance


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


Marie: Lose a war and a man gets mean as a wounded bull.
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El Rancho Grande
Music by Emilio D. Uranga
English lyrics by Bartley Costello
French lyrics by Maurice Vandair
Performed by Tino Rossi
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If we ask for forgiveness, we might not go to hell.
15 September 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Definitely one of director Claude Chabrol's best films, if not his best.

It is based upon a true story out of Nazi occupied France, and stars the incredible Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, 8 Women). She is supported by Marie Trintignant (Harrison's Flowers), who had her career cut short by an untimely death.

Huppert finds a way to feed her family. She performs abortions and rents out rooms to prostitutes. Everything seems to be going well for her, but her husband is not happy about the fact that he hasn't had any in 10 years, and she now has a lover - he turns her in.

France is now rid of the Germans and is trying to restore her morality. Unfortunately, Marie to be made an example.

Huppert was great, and Trintigant was also very good.

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February 1990 (USA) See more »

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