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A Woman’s Life Rated 12A

A Woman’s Life

Dir. Stéphane Brizé. France, 2016. 1h 59m. French/subs. Starring Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, Swann Arlaud, Nina Meurisse, Olivier Perrier, Clothilde Hesme, Alain Beigel.

A wealthy French heiress’s rosy illusions of high society are stripped away after she marries an ill-suited and unfaithful husband. A compelling and gorgeously shot period drama based on Guy de Maupassant’s 1883 novel Une Vie.

‘It's marvellously done, with mournful aquatint colours, spare music (on what sounds like a spinet) and elliptical tableaux that keep you creatively guessing.’ ★★★★ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

‘The movie's all-round realism -- bolstered as it is by Judith Chemla's excellent lead performance and Stéphane Brizé's intimate direction -- is deeply absorbing.’ ★★★★ Edward Porter, Sunday Times