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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

Marie: I had a friend... She was taken away. A jew.
Lulu: At least that can't happen to me. We're Normans. Nothing but hicks.
Marie: [laughs] Me too.
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Soundtracks

El Rancho Grande
Music by Emilio D. Uranga
English lyrics by Bartley Costello
French lyrics by Maurice Vandair
Performed by Tino Rossi
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second-class citizens
5 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Isabelle Huppert portrays an uneducated but self-reliant wartime mother of two, who almost ruthlessly assumes the traditional male role of family breadwinner by helping (to use an old euphemism) young girls 'in trouble'. The film isn't exactly impartial in its attitude toward the opposite sex, but don't me misled by the somewhat presumptuous title: it isn't strictly a story for women, and despite the vocation of its heroine has little to say about the volatile issue of abortion. The focus is more on the plight of women as second-class citizens, forced by necessity to fend for themselves (and rely on each other) while their men are away playing soldiers. It tells a complex story very simply, avoiding any soapbox grandstanding but allowing Huppert a chance to invest her character with plenty of gender-specific spleen. The final impact is undeniable: it's an often powerful experience, likely to stir up plenty of talk and emotion.


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