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Directed by Francois Ozon
Produced in 2010
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - European Film
A free-flowing adaptation of a hit 1970s comedy. The pairing of Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu is a treat for all lovers of cinema, says Alexander Ballinger.
For any cinephile the on-screen pairing of Deneuve and Depardieu is cause for celebration. And justifiably so in the hands of deft director François Ozon as these icons of French cinema – here partnered for the seventh time on celluloid –play comedy together for the first time in this free-flowing adaptation of a hit 1970s feminist farce.
Deneuve plays the ‘potiche’ of the title – an untranslatable word which literally means an ‘oriental vase’ but infers someone whose function in life is purely decorative. After the heart attack of her philandering husband (Fabrice Luchini) she chooses to run the family umbrella factory bringing her own emancipated style of management to bear on it. Depardieu plays the local mayor whose youthful tryst with her colours his communist sympathies as he gets drawn into her plans to turn round the strike-riven factory.
Supported in their antics by character actors – Judith Godrèche as her scheming daughter; Jérémie Renier as her effete son and Karin Viard as the put-upon mistress – this is sublime entertainment only occasionally upstaged by its hilarious 1970s design and costumes.
Alexander Ballinger on 22nd September 2011
Author of 33 reviews
A wonderful French comedy that reunites French cinema legends Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, Potiche sees Deneuve play the trophy wife of ruthless umbrella tycoon (Fabrice Luchini). When his workers go on strike and take him hostage, Suzanne takes over the running of the factory and - with the help of her former lover, communist union leader Maurice Babin (Depardieu) - quickly proves herself to be a far more effective manager than her husband!
Length: 102 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen
Cat No: OPTD2284
Format: DVD Colour
- Interviews with Catherine Deneuve & François Ozon
- Costumes Test
- Teaser Trailer.