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Potiche (2010)

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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

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The trophy is coming off the shelf. See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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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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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 »

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

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Written by Jean-Paul Cara (as J. P. Cara) and Tony Rallo (as T. Rallo)
Performed by Catherine Ferry
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Potiche = exuberant pastiche
7 November 2010 | by serge-33See all my reviews

Baccara & the Beegees in the soundtrack! Deneuve and Dépardieu doing the Night Fever dance! Squirrels! Hot truck drivers with sideburns! son Laurent who looks like Claude François, daughter Joelle with a Farrah Fawcett hairdo: this film gets a ten+ for the art direction and a 9 for the colourful cinematography.

As for Deneuve, in a role reminiscent of 8 Femmes' Gaby (2002 - she made 17 movies since!) is bubbly, sparkling and the stuff movie stars are made off - she sucks the viewer into the story.

Dépardieu, well is Dépardieu; Deneuve's husband played by Fabrice Luchini is the weak link in the story. He never comes off as a credible character. The kids' acting is alright, though they sometimes blend in with the wallpaper too much. It's just a bit too much visual and too little feeling.

Potiche is a Japanese flower pot and a merry housewife and Suzanne Pujol at first appears both. As the drama unfolds, there is more in Suzanne than we first thought. The story is like a soufflé, pleasant, fluffy and at risk to implode at times.

What perhaps should be a study about women's emancipation in the Seventies has more of a feel of a prequel to 'Dynasty a la Française', and a whiff of British comedy 'Are you being served?' thus making the viewer feel a bit iffy at times.

We saw this as the 5th movie at a film screening in the Netherlands, right after Des Hommes et dieux (of gods and men - the French Oscar submission); in that context the exuberant pastiche that made potiche was a welcome delicious dessert of our day of digesting the finest films. Go and see it!


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