Claire is a wonderfully gifted midwife, with a natural talent to deliver babies with the most gentle touch. One day she receives a strange phone call. Béatrice, the extravagant mistress of her deceased father, wants to see her again.


Martin Provost


Martin Provost (dialogue), Martin Provost (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Béatrice Sobo
Catherine Frot ... Claire Breton
Olivier Gourmet ... Paul Baron
Quentin Dolmaire ... Simon
Mylène Demongeot ... Rolande
Pauline Etienne ... Cécile Amado - une patiente
Audrey Dana ... La chef de service hôpital moderne
Pauline Parigot Pauline Parigot ... Lucie
Marie Gili-Pierre Marie Gili-Pierre ... Evelyne
Jeanne Rosa Jeanne Rosa ... Élodie
Élise Oppong Élise Oppong ... Sophie
Ingrid Heiderscheidt Ingrid Heiderscheidt ... Hôtesse d'accueil maternité
Jacques Mechelany Jacques Mechelany ... Francis
Ana Rodriguez ... Patiente bébé cordon
Karidja Touré ... Patiente Madame Naja


Claire is a midwife in a maternity hospital. She is humane and helpful and gives herself entirely to her patients. But despite that her life is not a bed of roses. Her hospital is about to close its doors and the devoted woman is determined not to work in the new modern hospital she regards as a "baby factory". Her personal life is no triumph either: she is single and does not make friends easily. To make matters worse, her student son Simon is gradually leaving home, as he is developing a relationship with his new sweetheart Lucie. It is the moment that Béatrice, her dead father's former mistress, chooses to resurface. The eccentric, spendthrift, sensual, amoral woman (Claire's exact opposite in fact) is really the last kind of person she needs to mix with. But Béatrice soon informs her that she suffers from brain cancer and she has nobody else to turn to. Torn between rejection and duty, what is Claire going to do? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Claire tells Beatrice she is 49; Beatrice replies that she always looked older than she actually was. In reality, Catherine Frot, who plays Claire, turned 60 during filming. See more »

Crazy Credits

The title on screen first appears as "Sage-Femme" before the dash fading away to leave "Sage Femme". This makes a wordplay in French, the title going from "Midwife" ("Sage-Femme") to "Wise Woman" ("Sage Femme"). See more »


Referenced in Breakfast: Episode dated 8 July 2017 (2017) See more »


Ma Liberté
Music by Georges Moustaki
Lyrics by Georges Moustaki
Performed by Serge Reggiani
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Early termination (so no rating)
23 March 2020 | by frukukSee all my reviews

I gave this 30 minutes to get going, but there were no signs of anything of interest developing and so early termination seemed both appropriate and ethical.

Perhaps it picks up pace later on, but I just didn't care what happened to either of the two principal characters. (I actually had a sense of deja vu while watching this: perhaps it's that Catherine Deneuve has played several similar characters in this latter part of her career?)

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Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Midwife See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office


EUR6,789,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,341, 23 July 2017

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1.85 : 1
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