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The Midwife ()

Sage femme (original title)
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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.

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Béatrice Sobo
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Claire Breton
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Paul Baron
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Simon
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Rolande
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Cécile Amado - une patiente
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La chef de service hôpital moderne
Pauline Parigot ...
Lucie
Marie Gili-Pierre ...
Evelyne
Jeanne Rosa ...
Élodie
Élise Oppong ...
Sophie
Ingrid Heiderscheidt ...
Hôtesse d'accueil maternité
Jacques Mechelany ...
Francis
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Patiente bébé cordon
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Patiente Madame Naja
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Patiente Madame Werba
Fayçal Safi ...
Mari Madame Werba
Marc Prin ...
Médecin de Béatrice
Nicolas Grandhomme ...
Agent immobilier
Melchior Carrelet ...
Visiteur appartement
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Visiteuse appartement
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Vendeuse bijouterie
Adou Khan ...
Patron bijouterie (as Adhou Khan)
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Conseiller bancaire
Quentin Leopold ...
Serveur restaurant
Anthony Dechaux ...
Thomas
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Angeline (uncredited)
Morgane Piraux ...
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Directed by

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Martin Provost

Written by

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Martin Provost ... (dialogue)
 
Martin Provost ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Emilien Bignon ... associate producer
Jacques-Henri Bronckart ... co-producer
Olivier Bronckart ... co-producer
Christine De Jekel ... executive producer
Olivier Delbosc ... producer

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Grégoire Hetzel

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Yves Cape ... director of photography

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Albertine Lastera ... (edited by)

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Hugues Dardart ... post-production assistant trainee
Richard Deusy ... colorist
Mustapha Laatita ... post-production assistant
Esther Lowe ... first assistant editor
Lucas B. Masson ... trailer
Evy Roselet ... colorist: dailies

Casting By

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Marie-France Michel
Brigitte Moidon

Production Design by

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Thierry François

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Catherine Jarrier-Prieur

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Bethsabée Dreyfus

Makeup Department

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Olivier Afonso ... special makeup effects artist
Sandra Campisi ... makeup artist
Nicolas Herlin ... special makeup effects artist
Jean-Jacques Puchu ... key makeup artist
Alice Robert ... additional key makeup artist

Production Management

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Susana Antunes ... post-production supervisor
Cédric Audinot ... assistant unit manager
Denys Bondon ... unit manager
Christophe Desenclos ... production manager
William Herrero ... additional assistant unit manager
Juliette Hubert ... assistant unit manager
Sylvain Janny ... assistant unit manager
Sophie Lixon ... production secretary
Alexandre Muhr ... assistant unit manager
Kim Nguyen ... unit production manager

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Céline Bailbled ... second assistant director
Mathieu Laemlé ... location scout
Thibault Lejeune ... third assistant director
Juliette Maillard ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Léa Alric ... assistant set decorator
Cyrille Autissier ... property master
Marc Jeannel ... props
Julie Plumelle ... assistant art director
Julie Wassef ... assistant production designer

Sound Department

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Emmanuel Croset ... re-recording mixer
Valérie Le Docte ... dialogue editor
Jonas Orantin ... auditorium assistant
Alexis Oscari ... foley sound engineer
Ingrid Ralet ... sound editor
Rafael Ridao ... sound reinforcement: dailies
Brigitte Taillandier ... sound engineer
Matthieu Tertois ... a.d.r. mixer
Philippe van Leer ... foley artist
Fanny Weinzaepflen ... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Adrià Mateu ... spanish dubbing recordist (uncredited)

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Géry Bouchez ... visual effects producer
François Crèvecoeur ... digital compositor
Léo Natta ... digital compositor
Guillaume Pondard ... visual effects supervisor
Stéphane Stradella ... digital compositor
Romain Vallee ... digital compositor

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Stéphane Boulay ... stunt performer
Jean-Jacques Domingues ... stunt performer
Laurent Mulot ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Loïc Andrieu ... steadicam operator
Mathieu Cassan ... second assistant camera
Michael Crotto ... still photographer
Arnaud Gaudelle ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Julien Lefebvre ... electrician
Juliette Osdoit ... video trainee
Gaël Parat ... electrician
Arthur Quaranta ... video assit
Marc Saclier ... grip
Emmanuel Van Wambeke ... key grip
Jean-Noël Viry ... gaffer
Sylvain Zambelli ... first assistant camera

Casting Department

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Winifrey Bandera-Guzman ... extras casting
Lola Berteloot ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Camille De Gend ... costume assistant (as Camille de Gend)
Muriel Legrand ... costumer

Location Management

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Guillaume Fernandez ... assistant location manager
Catherine Goffin ... location scout
Aude Lemercier ... Location scout
Jeanne Tassy ... location scout

Music Department

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Xavier Collin ... additional music
Eric Debegue ... composer agent
Vivien Kiper ... composer agent
Elise Luguern ... music supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

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Céline Breuil-Japy ... script supervisor
Isabelle Fauvel ... script consultant

Additional Crew

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Stéphane Boulay ... travelling car
Marie-Christine Damiens ... press attache
Virginie Decarra ... production accountant
Théo Koutsaftis ... production assistant: intern
Pascale Tillou ... key production accountant

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Yvonne André ... in memory of

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • La Sage-femme (France)
  • Sage Femme (France)
  • The Midwife (World-wide, English title)
  • The Midwife (United States)
  • The Midwife (Ireland, English title)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Budget EUR6,789,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $402,918, 20 Aug 2017

Did You Know?

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Trivia The birthing scenes were real. Catherine Frot took training to become a midwife and actually delivered five babies on camera. Because of this, while the action is set in the Paris region, the birthing scenes were filmed in Belgium as French law prohibits the filming of babies younger than 3 months old. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Episode dated 8 July 2017 (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Ma Liberté 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 »

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