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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 ... 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

Gross USA:

$1,618,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,309,881
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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

Version of Potiche (1983) See more »

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Written by Jo Moutet (uncredited)
Vocals by Jo Moutet
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A balanced battle
12 May 2011 | by jdesandoSee 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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