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A Woman's Life (2016)

Une vie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 16 November 2016 (Belgium)
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A fragmented account of the life of Jeanne as she sets out on the path of adult life and gradually experiences the harsh realities of a woman's life in the 19th-century.


Stéphane Brizé


Stéphane Brizé (scenario), Florence Vignon (scenario) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Chemla ... Jeanne Le Perthuis des Vauds
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Le baron Simon-Jacques Le Perthuis des Vauds
Yolande Moreau ... La baronne Adélaïde Le Perthuis des Vauds
Swann Arlaud ... Julien de Lamare
Nina Meurisse Nina Meurisse ... Rosalie
Olivier Perrier ... L'abbé Picot
Clotilde Hesme ... Gilberte de Fourville
Alain Beigel Alain Beigel ... Georges de Fourville
Finnegan Oldfield ... Paul de Lamare (20 ans)
Lucette Beudin Lucette Beudin ... La servante Ludivine
Jérôme Lanne Jérôme Lanne ... Le médecin
Mélie Deneuve Mélie Deneuve ... La nourrice
Père François-Xavier Ledoux Père François-Xavier Ledoux ... L'abbé Tolbiac
Lise Lamétrie Lise Lamétrie ... Voix cousine Rose (voice)
Marc Olry Marc Olry ... Ferdinant de Vauvert (voice)


A fragmented account of the life of Jeanne as she sets out on the path of adult life and gradually experiences the harsh realities of a woman's life in the 19th-century.

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woman | 19th century | debt | grave | dog | See All (32) »




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A good film
23 February 2017 | by lazaridSee all my reviews

Is the story of an aristocratic 19th century French family of any interest today? I believe that it depends. Personally I think it is, as long as it touches some humanitarian aspects and allows the spectator to draw parallels to his present day aspirations. This film does that. It is not a masterpiece, but it is well focused and nicely narrated. To me the De Maupassant novel was just an excuse and, to be honest, I found the lyrical passages presented as commentaries to be the film's weakest points. The extensive use of close-ups was a great idea and added a special quality to the film. This does not mean that the wide shots were not good. The emphasis on the faces of the heroes was a very correct approach. The acting was very good and the unraveling of the story almost without flash backs was very helpful in understanding the changes in the family's fortunes. At the end of the day, I believe, that this was the point the film was trying to make. The ups and downs and it was very nicely depicted in the last sentence which closed the movie. It was really the summary of the adventures we watched.

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16 November 2016 (Belgium) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,483, 7 May 2017

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1.33 : 1
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