Potiche

Directed by François Ozon, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu

Suzanne (Deneuve) is “Potiche”; a beautiful, subservient wife dedicated to serving the selfish whims of her tyrannical husband. But after the exploited workers of his umbrella factory decide to strike, Suzanne takes on the role as head of the company to great success. Although business and personal politics are about to collide with the arrival of Maurice, a charming union leader (Depardieu) and a former lover of Suzanne’s.

Verdict: A hugely enjoyable French farce with a witty script and terrific performances from Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu. ****

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