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HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE

Martin Provost · France · 2020 · 110 mins · PG · French with English subtitles

 A nicely packaged comedy from Martin Provost on the serious subject of female emancipation, starring an irrepressible Juliette Binoche who tutors perfect future homemakers. "To be a good partner to your husband, above all else. We’re in Boersch, Alsace, at the Van Der Beck domestic science school in 1968, and such are the teachings dispensed by headmistress Paulette (Juliette Binoche who’s as uptight as she is hilarious) to her boarders, teenage girls in full bloom. Flanked by her sister-in-law Gilberte (Yolande Moreau) and her sister Marie-Thérèse (Noémie Lvovsky), perfectionist Paulette throws herself heart and soul into becoming a good wife, right up to the point when her husband, the spineless Robert (François Berléand), suddenly dies. At this point, the widow learns that the school is on the verge of bankruptcy. The former love of her life, André, also bursts back onto the scene (Édouard Baer), just as the young boarders at this establishment are beginning to display vague desires to escape the destiny dictated by society; a society where the revolutionary echoes of Paris’s May 68 protests are now reaching as far as the provinces, bringing about a joyous, collective and growing feminist consciousness and subsequent freedom from mental shackles. Without ever taking itself too seriously, and buoyed by a straightforward, easy-going though highly effective sense of How To Be A Good Wife hits its mark. Excellently acted by the entire cast, and boasting the usual sleek photography of Guillaume Schiffman, the film is a wonderful, good humoured portrayal of the road travelled over the past fifty or so years towards female emancipation, and of the fact that individual freedom is always essential to "finding one’s place in the world".--CineEuropa

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Cast Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noemie Lvovsky,
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