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A Woman's Life (Une Vie)

A woman's life (Une Vie)

A Woman's Life (Une Vie)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, Swann Arlaud

year: 2017

colour: yes

certificate: 12A

director: Stéphane Brizé

runtime: 119

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 marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare, 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.

Adaptated from Guy de Maupassant’s A Life


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