May 29th, 2017 by PRatt
June 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

(2017, France-Belgium) Director: Stéphane Brizé. Screenplay: Brizé & Florence Vignon, based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant. Cast: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Yolande Moreau, Swann Arlaud, Nina Meurisse, Olivier Perrier, Clotilde Hesme.

Writing in his Film of the Week column in Film Comment magazine, Jonathan Romney enthuses: “It is miraculous that A Woman’s Life, based on an 1883 novel by Guy de Maupassant, feels very much as if it’s happening in the present.” In other words, this woman’s life could be happening today, and there is no ‘prettifying effect of antiquity’ to remove us from its immediacy. Julie Chelma gives a quiet tour-deforce performance, transforming herself from an idealistic convent girl, to a young noblewoman in love, and from a middle-aged wife, to an aging mother of a dissolute son. Set in Normandy, it is beautifully shot by Antoine Héberlé with the understated glow of natural light. Winner of the International Film Critics’ Best Film Award at the Venice Film Festival. 119 min.

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