LOVEFiLM Review: Potiche (2011)

Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, POTICHE is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit comic play. Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or “potiche,”) who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her wealthy and tyrannical husband (Fabrice Luchini) after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne’s ex-beau who still holds a flame for her. – ROTTEN TOMATOES

I have not come across that many Francois Ozon films, but after seeing Potiche advertised by Orange every time I went to the cinema last summer and remembering how much I enjoyed Ozon’s film 5×2, I eagerly awaited its delivery from Lovefilm. I was not disappointed.

On the surface Potiche looks like a cheap British Carry On film from the 1960’s, but underneath the awful décor (the production design is truly awful, drawing on all the worse styles of the 1970’s, and is therefore brilliant!) is a sharply written, well-performed, funny film. Catherine Denevue is great in the lead role and shares great chemistry with Gerard Depardieu. I will now be diving into Ozon’s back catalogue!

2 Responses to “LOVEFiLM Review: Potiche (2011)”
  1. FrontRoomCinema says:

    I probably still would with Denevue..

  2. Will Pond says:

    Ha! With that big hair?

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