A Woman's Life

Directed by Stéphane Brizé

Year: 2017
Running Time: 119
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Genres: Period Drama
Subjects: Women's Studies
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A Woman's Life

Cast
Judith Chemla
Swann Arlaud
Nina Meurisse
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Yolande Moreau

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Directed by Stéphane Brizé
Writers Stéphane Brizé (Screenplay) , Florence Vignon (Screenplay) and Guy de Maupassant (Novel)


Adapted from the novel Une vie by Guy de Maupassant, A Woman’s Life is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away. French filmmaker Stéphane Brizé shoots this follow-up to his Cannes and César Award winner The Measure of a Man in constricted 4:3 Academy ratio, creating a tightly composed work that perfectly translates de Maupassant’s portrayal of life’s indifferences.

Reviews

"Haunting and profound... There could never be too many movies like this one."

"A moving, beautifully modulated adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel... has the kind of majesty found not in the grand gesture but the modest detail." 

"A humble marvel."



Awards

  • FIPRESCI Prize – Venice Film Festival 2016

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Avalon Theatre Washington 1502856000August 16, 2017
St. Anthony Main Theatre Minneapolis 1500609600July 21 - July 27, 2017
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1498795200June 30 - July 6, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1497585600June 16 - June 22, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1497067200June 10 - June 11, 2017
Movies of Lake Worth Lake Worth 1495771200May 26, 2017
Movies of Delray Delray Beach 1495684800May 25, 2017
Miami Dade College Tower Theater Miami 1495166400May 19 - May 25, 2017
Laemmle Royal Theatre Los Angeles 1494561600May 12 - May 25, 2017
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Pasadena 1494561600May 12 - May 18, 2017
Lincoln Plaza Cinema New York 1493956800May 5 - May 18, 2017
Quad Cinema New York 1493956800May 5 - May 18, 2017


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