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Potiche (Not Rated)

French with English subtitles

Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, Potiche is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit comic play. Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound “trophy housewife” (or “potiche”) who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her wealthy and tyrannical husband (Fabrice Luchini) after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne’s ex-beau who still holds a flame for her. Acclaimed writer-director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Under the Sand), who had previously directed Deneuve in the international hit 8 Women, twists the original play on its head to create his own satirical and hilarious take on the war between the sexes and classes. The ensemble cast includes comic greats Fabrice Luchini and Karin Viard (as Luchini’s secretary and mistress) while Judith Godreche and Jérémie Renier play the Pujols’ entitled daughter and sexually ambiguous son.