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60 Ratings

A Woman’s Life

Une vie

Directed by Stéphane Brizé
France, Belgium, 2016


Normandy, 1819. Jeanne is a young woman full of childish dreams and innocence when she returns home after finishing her schooling in a convent. She marries a local Viscount, Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful man.

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A Woman’s Life Directed by Stéphane Brizé

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

Prix Louis Delluc

2016 | Winner: Best Film

What saves this from being a dull downer is the lightness of touch in the direction and performances, the spontaneity of the dialogue as characters discuss dress designs or household expenditure. As the title ought to suggest, this is a work very much concerned with the quotidian accumulation of little moments that comprise a life, even if it’s not an especially unusual one.
January 12, 2018
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Life is never as good or as bad as you think," Jeanne tells her cherubic baby granddaughter at the film’s end—or is it Brizé telling us? Just as we’re close to his characters, reveling in their joy but more often sympathizing with their sorrows, Brizé’s intimacy extends to us as well, reflecting back a similar compassion for the shared human experience.
June 16, 2017
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Brizé has made the sort of film that wins plaudits for preferring the “modest detail” to the “grand gesture,” to borrow from one trade paper review—a formula, replete with its quiet reverence of that “modest detail” that I’ve seen repeated at least several hundred thousand times since I first started making a practice of reading film criticism. Less often does one read why this is necessarily to be preferred,.. The dour A Woman’s Life looks like exactly that—hidebound even in its unorthodoxies.
May 05, 2017
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