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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:

$23,175,356
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1977. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

J'ai Oublié de Vivre
Music by Jacques Revaux
Lyrics by Pierre Billon
Vocals by Johnny Hallyday
(p) 2010, Naïve
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An interesting character study
19 March 2011 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about an irritable and unfaithful umbrella factory owner, and his model wife who holds the household well.

"Potiche" is a pleasant surprise. Depsite the main character being unlikeable, the film manages to be funny, engaging and empowering. The characters are all unique and interesting, making a good character study. The changes seen in the factory owner and his wife throughout the film are very interesting and comical to watch. The two children are also good, especially the son who seems to be portrayed to have a homosexual hint. Maybe this explains the scene where he has a new male friend. If this subplot could be touched on again, to get some closure and not leave the subplot hanging.


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