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For a Woman (2013)

Pour une femme (original title)
| Drama | 2 May 2014 (USA)
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The story of the marriage between Michel and Lena, as told by their daughter Anne, with reflections on the mystery of abiding love.


Diane Kurys


Diane Kurys
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Michel
Mélanie Thierry ... Léna
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Jean
Sylvie Testud ... Anne
Denis Podalydès ... Maurice
Julie Ferrier ... Tania
Clotilde Hesme ... Madeleine
Clément Sibony ... Sacha
Marc Ruchmann Marc Ruchmann ... Paul
Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat Jean-Claude Bolle-Reddat ... Le juge
Christian Taponard Christian Taponard ... Georges
Francesco Calabrese Francesco Calabrese ... Romano
Franck Gourlat Franck Gourlat ... Leandri
Elisa Ruschke Elisa Ruschke ... Belle
Ondine Barry Ondine Barry ... Tania 4 ans
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The story of the marriage between Michel and Lena, as told by their daughter Anne, with reflections on the mystery of abiding love.

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Enduring love
29 April 2018 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Author/director Diane Kurys created this important little film in 2013 and it has not had the exposure it deserves. It is a contemporary story that reflects n World War II, the Holocaust, marital infidelity, and the strength of sustaining love struggling against the vagaries of time, memory, and courage of surviving the atrocities of war.

Very simply, FOR A WOMAN (Pour une femme) is the story of the marriage between Michel (Benoît Magimel) and Lena (Mélanie Thierry) as told by their daughter Anne (Sylvie Testud) with reflections on the mystery of abiding love. Michel and Lena escaped a Nazi death camp under the guise of being engaged. They married, had children, separated, and died. The time frame is between 1947, shortly into the marriage, and the 1980s, when the mother has died and the father is ill. Anne, the younger of the couple's two daughters, is a filmmaker going through her mother's mementos and reconstructing the events of the early marriage. During the period in 1947, the husband's brother Jean (Nicolas Duvauchelle) reappears. Thought to have been killed in the war, his reappearance creates many questions and triggers stresses in the marriage - among which is Jean's alliance with an anti-Nazi group (with Sacha - Clément Sibony) and the effects that has on his relationship with Lena.

The acting is outstanding; the messages about the Jewish/Nazi conflict, and the ability of love to survive almost every obstacle are important and well portrayed. Recommended. In French with English subtitles.

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Release Date:

2 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rhône-Alpes, France See more »


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$6,530, 4 May 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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