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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 »

Director:

François Ozon

Writers:

François Ozon (scenario), Pierre Barillet (play) (as Barillet) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Suzanne Pujol
Gérard Depardieu ... Maurice Babin
Fabrice Luchini ... Robert Pujol
Karin Viard ... Nadège Dumoulin
Judith Godrèche ... Joëlle Pujol
Jérémie Renier ... Laurent Pujol (as Jérémie Rénier)
Sergi López ... Le routier (as Sergi Lopez)
Évelyne Dandry Évelyne Dandry ... Geneviève Michonneau
Bruno Lochet ... André Ferron (le syndicaliste)
Élodie Frégé Élodie Frégé ... Suzanne jeune
Gautier About Gautier About ... Babin jeune
Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine Jean-Baptiste Shelmerdine ... Robert jeune
Noam Charlier Noam Charlier ... Flavien
Martin De Myttenaere Martin De Myttenaere ... Stanislas
Yannick Schmitz Yannick Schmitz ... Jean-François
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

France, 1977: Women's Liberation is in the air. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Potiche (Trophy Wife) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,017, 27 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,618,844, 31 July 2011
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The vintage microphone used by Catherine Deneuve in the final singing scene is a AKG D202, nicknamed "the Rocket" because of its distinctive shape. See more »

Goofs

Bacarra - Parlez Vous Francais, the song played when they enter the bar, came out in 1978, yet the movie is set in 1977. See more »

Connections

Features Aujourd'hui Madame (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

C'est beau la vie
Written by Claude Delécluse, Michelle Senlis and Jean Ferrat
Performed by Catherine Deneuve
Réorchestré par Benjamin Biolay aux Studios de la Seine
Musiciens: Elsa Benabdallah, Christophe Morin, Nicolas Fiszmann, Denis Benarroch
Voix: Rachel Pignot
© Producions Gerard Meys
(P) Mandarin Cinemas - Fox
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Time to put a woman in charge
2 July 2011 | by PipAndSqueakSee all my reviews

Xst almighty, this film is one hell of a load of BS. Frankly, if you even contemplate going to see it, think again. Fat Catherine Deneurve and positively obese Depardieu do not compensate for a terrible script and awful retro 70's ambiance that isn't even true to life. So we're supposed to get the irony of the double dealing characters - all of whom do the dirty on the others at some point. Really, who exactly are you supposed to empathise with? The Neanderthal father and CEO of an umbrella firm that has his name but is supposedly the company set up by his wife's grandfather (whose name can't possibly have been that of her husband) - unless we have incest as well as all the other shenanigans. And the daughter, who complains to her mother about her being a slave in her marriage turns on her mother and votes for her father to take back the management of the firm so that her mostly absent husband can take her new (given to her by her mother) role at the firm. Oh come off it. This is truly crap - and not even believable crap.


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