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Summary: The staff of a finishing school in France realise that the relevance of their school is quickly diminishing as the women of the country start to revolt.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 9th March 2020 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: France, Belguim

Director: Martin Provost

Screenwriter: Martin Provost, Severine Werba

Cast: Armelle (Christiane Rougemont), Edourd Baer (Andre Grunvald), Francois Bereland (Robert Van der Beck), Juliette Binoche (Paulette Van der Beck), Stephanie Bissot (Raymonde), Pauline Briand (Corinne Schwartz), Alex Dey (Gaetan), Cecile Dominjon (Birgit), Stephanie Housauer (M. Frantz), Noemie Lvovsky (Marie-Therese), Yolande Moreau (Gilberte Van der Beck), Phillippe Morand (M. Schmitt), Cecile Ribault-Caillol (Menie Gregoire), Lily Taieb (Yvette Ziegler), Anamaria Vartolomei (Albane Des-deux-Ponts), Marie Zabukovec (Annie Fuchs)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: M (Australia)


David Griffiths’ How To Be A Good Wife Review:

I think one of the most disappointing things when you are a film lover is sitting down to watch a film only to find that it starts off with promise and then goes downhill rapidly. I can cope with a film that is bad from start to finish, but I get a strong sense of disappointment when I feel like I am enjoying a film until the wheels fall off and everything goes horribly wrong.

New French film How To Be A Good Wife sadly falls into the latter category. From director Martin Provost (Seraphine) the film should be a strong movie about the rise of women’s rights in France. But instead it becomes a promising film that three quarters of the way through forgets what genre it wants to be and completely loses its way. Yes, I know films can be absurd but this borders on ridiculous and loses the plot that previously was enchanting its audience.

Set in 1968 the film follows the staff of a French Finishing School were young women are sent to be trained to become ‘good wives.’ The school is run by Paulette Van der Beck (Juliette Binoche – The English Patient) while the finances are looked after by her much older husband, Robert (Francois Berleand – The Transporter). Also on staff are Robert’s kooky sister Gilberte (Yolande Moreau – Amelie) and Sister Marie-Therese (Noemie Lvovsky – Camille Rewinds) who tries to keep the moral compass with both students and staff.

After a tragic event though Paulette suddenly finds herself free from her marriage but at the same learns that the school and its relevance in the current society is casting doubt on the school’s future.

Early on I found the film worked. It worked because it gave us a broad prospective of what was happening. Despite her kookiness Gilberte is ready to embrace equal rights, the students are divided – some still want to learn to be a ‘good wife’ while others want to change with the society and have the power to explore their sexuality if they wish.

If the film had kept going in that way and allowed characters to explore what women’s rights meant for them this could have ended up becoming one of the most important and powerful films of this year. But somewhere along the line the director and screenwriter decided that turning the film into a comedic musical towards the finale would be a good idea. To me that lost all the power that the film had generated earlier and because of the inclusion of Marie-Therese in the musical numbers ended up looking like a lame parody of The Sound Of Music. A film about women’s right needs (and deserves) to be remembered for its strength and courage, not laughed at because the director tried to do something a ‘little different.’

Even with the film working the way it did early on this does feel like one of Binoche’s weaker performances. She is normally brilliant but here feels like she is just going through the motions whereas the ability to be able to mix comedy with dramatic scenes make Moreau and Lvovsky easily over-shadow her with their performances. In fact I was so impressed with Moreau portrayal of the strange but hurt Gilberte that as soon as I left the cinema I started scrolling through her filmography so I could watch more of her work.

Given the power of the story behind it How To B A Good Wife should be a film that we are talking about for Oscar contention this year, instead it is a film that I would rather forget and never re-visit.

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My Old Lady

Summary: Hard-up New Yorker Mathias (Kline) travels to Paris to sell a grand old apartment he has inherited from his estranged father. But he is stunned to find a refined and spirited old lady, Mathilde (Smith), still living there with her very protective daughter Chloé (Scott Thomas). He soon learns that under ancient French law, he will not gain possession of the property until Mathilde dies.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 13th November, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK, France, USA

Director: Israel Horovitz

Screenwriter: Israel Horovitz

Cast: Jean-Christophe Allais (Jean-Christophe), Stephane De Groot (Philippe), Stephane Freiss (Francois Roy), Kevin Kline (Mathias Gold), Noemie Lvovsky (Dr. Florence Horowitz), Dominique Pinon (Monsieur Lefebvre), Maggie Smith (Mathilde Girard), Kristen Scott Thomas (Chloe Girard)

Runtime: 107 mins

Classification: M




Greg King: You can check out Greg’s My Old Lady review on www.filmreviews.net.au



Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)


IMDB Rating: My Old Lady (2014) on IMDb


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Camille Rewinds

Summary: Underemployed actress Camille (Lvovsky) is in the throes of divorcing her husband of 25 years, who she married as a teenager following an unplanned pregnancy. Catching up with old high school friends at a New Years Eve party, Camille passes out drunk before waking to find herself back in in the 1980s (complete with leg warmers, “Walking on Sunshine” on the Walkman, no cell phones in sight) and living at home with her parents. Able to remember everything that the future holds, she sets about trying to remake her past before it has even happened.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 2nd May, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: France

Director: Noemie Lvovsky

Screenwriter: Maud Ameline, Noemie Lvovsky, Pierre-Olivier Mattei, Florence Seyvos

Cast: Judith Chemla (Josepha), Julia Faure (Louise), Esther Garrel (Mathilde), Samir Guesmi (Eric), India Hair (Alice), Vincent Lacoste (Vincent), Jean-Pierre Leaud (Mosieur Dupont), Noemie Lvovsky (Camille Vaillant), Denis Podalydes (Alphonse Da Costa)

Runtime: 115 mins



David Griffiths: Stars(2.5)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Camille Rewinds’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel.

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Camille Rewinds’ that is available on www.filmreviews.net.au

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2.5)

IMDB Rating:Camille Rewinds (2012) on IMDb

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