A Woman's Life

Une vie


Friday, Nov. 3 at 9:00pm
Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Adapted from the novel “Une vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th-century Normandy. On finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away. French filmmaker Stéphane Brizé shoots this follow-up to his Cannes and César Award winner “The Measure of a Man” in constricted 4:3 Academy ratio, creating a tightly composed work that perfectly translates de Maupassant’s portrayal of life’s indifferences. Variety describes the film as “a moving, beautifully modulated adaptation. ‘A Woman’s Life’ has the kind of majesty found not in the grand gesture but the modest detail, the kind that accumulates resonance with each seemingly minor event until the picture of a character becomes as complete as a painting by Ingres. Or a story by Maupassant.”

119 min.

Directed by

Stéphane Brizé

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus


Historical Drama