A Woman's Life (Une vie)2017
A Woman's Life (Une vie) (2017)
Critic Consensus: A Woman's Life offers absorbing, powerfully acted period drama that's further elevated by brilliant work from director/co-writer Stéphane Brizé.
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as Le Baron
as La Baronne
as L'abbé Picot
as Gilberte de Fourville
as Georges de Fourville
as Paul (20ans)
as La servante Ludivine
as Le médecin
as La nourrice
Critic Reviews for A Woman's Life (Une vie)
The narrative is suffused with subtle yet piquant moral commentary.
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.
A respectful adaptation, yet one that fails to translate the intensity of Maupassant's writing.
The director Stéphane Brizé does some lovely work with non-chronological flashbacks and flash-forwards, but the deadening sense that we know exactly where this is going (hint: not up) is never quite undone.
Whirlwind is something of a watchword for this inventive melodrama, which condenses into some 27 years into two hours, using daringly succinct, precise scenes, brilliantly spliced by editor Anne Klotz.
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