Starring: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau
Director: Stephane Brize
Beautiful, quiet and sad, A Woman’s Life is an award winning, French film based on the novel of the same name (En Vie in French) by Guy de Maupassant. The life referred to is the one lived by the upper class woman of the early 1800’s, a perilous one that looks quite luxurious from the outside, and yet is full of frustration, restriction and powerlessness.
It’s the story of Jeanne, who has just returned from her education in the safety and strictures of the convent to the country home of her parents. She dreams of nothing more than romance, and so is gently guided into the arms of the dashing man that her parents choose for her. While at first she has big dreams of a grand passion and thinks that she has found it, she soon finds that life is not at all what she expected. Her husband is an impatient man who complains at her spending any money and leaves her alone for long stretches of time. When she finds out that her maid and close friend is having his child, she watches helpless as her life slowly unravels.
Read my full review HERE on We Make Movies On Weekends.
A Woman’s Life is in cinemas now.