Director: Stéphane Brizé

119 mins, 2016, France, Digital

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

A startling and deeply moving costume drama set in 19th century rural Normandy, the film portrays the life of noblewoman Jeanne (the wonderful Judith Chemla) betrayed by both her husband and her son. Expecting her life to remain as full of warmth as her childhood, we track Jeanne’s loss of ideals and disillusionment as she struggles with the restrictive moral codes of the era. The use of Academy ratio captures depth of character and texture, while flash-forwards and elliptical narrative transmit the passage of time.

(Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)

Director’s Note: Stéphane Brizé’s (The Measure of a Man) resonant adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel, is a rich and rare cinematic visualisation.

Winner: FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film, Venice International Film Festival 2016

Winner: Prix Louis-Delluc 2016

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2017 – November 15th to 26th.

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