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Story of Women (1988)

Une affaire de femmes (original title)
Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Colo Tavernier (scenario & adaptation), Claude Chabrol (scenario & adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Marie
François Cluzet ... Paul
Marie Trintignant ... Lulu / Lucie
Nils Tavernier Nils Tavernier ... Lucien
Lolita Chammah ... Mouche #2
Aurore Gauvin Aurore Gauvin ... Mouche #1
Guillaume Foutrier Guillaume Foutrier ... Pierrot #1
Nicolas Foutrier Nicolas Foutrier ... Pierrot #2
Marie Bunel ... Ginette
Dominique Blanc ... Jasmine
Evelyne Didi ... Fernande
Dani ... Loulou
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le président Lamarre-Coudray
Vincent Gauthier ... Me Fillon / Judge Fillon
Myriam David Myriam David ... Rachel
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Storyline

Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from German captivity, too weak to hold a job. Marie discovers she can make money performing abortions, using a soapy water douche. Many of her clients are knocked up by occupying Germans. She buys better food and clothes, looks for a new flat, and, through an acquaintance, who is a prostitute, rents out her bedrooms to hookers during the day. She's indifferent to Paul; his humiliations grow as does her income. She hopes to be a singer. Male Vichy umbrage and moral hypocrisy may upend her. What is she thinking? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Story of Women See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$438,483
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Based upon the true story of Marie-Louise Giraud. See more »

Quotes

Paul: We're occupied, you know! You may have fancy food and a lover, but there's still a war on.
Marie: I'm for the Resistance.
Paul: You idiot, you're not for anything!
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Soundtracks

Ici l'on Pêche
Music by Jean Tranchant
Lyrics by Jean Tranchant
Performed by Jean Tranchant
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A Sad Affair
14 March 2006 | by pegd-1See all my reviews

With cool detachment and a subtle touch of horror, Claude Chabrol dissects the story of a woman who was guillotined during the Nazi occupation of France. One of his strengths as a director is that he allows the movie goer to form his/her own thoughts and opinions about the issues at hand. He is not a proselytizer.

The film covers a lot of ground: illegal abortion, collaborating with the enemy, parenting, marital communication, greed and a slew of other human weaknesses. All of this against the backdrop of an occupied France, a country who witnessed the horrors of WWI and never fully recovered, and whose WWII soul (what is left of it) has been torn apart.

Isabelle Huppert does a fine job interpreting Marie LaTour, the woman in question. Marie is not the most sympathetic of characters. In fact, most of the major characters are not "sympathique".(My favorite character is the prostitute Lulu, acted by Marie Trintignant.)

All in all a well directed, well structured film about a tragic period in the lives of the French people. But you be the judge.

Trivia: "Vera Drake" and "L'Affaire de Femmes" both begin in apartments which have the the same god awful green walls.


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