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Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, POTICHE is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit comic play. Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound 'trophy housewife' (or "potiche,") who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her wealthy and tyrannical husband (Fabrice Luchini) after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone's surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's as light and soft as a pink satin pillow, and a little overstretched, but it's also packed with bawdy zingers and pointed political barbs."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A charming diversion from Ozon's more serious films of late."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Even though we don't really care about the dialogue or script at times, it's easy--and fun!--to be distracted by the pretty pictures."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"Catherine Deneuve continues her run as world cinema's most gracefully aging actress."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Some of the scenes are a bit stilted whenever the film betrays its theatrical roots. And the wordy script means you'll be reading a lot of subtitles if your ears can't keep up with the dialogue."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
""Potiche" is a frothy French confection, a sort of île flottante of movies."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"It's a cheeky female revenge fantasy that plays out even in the casting."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Deneuve and Depardieu -- daft and funny and feather light"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"...a failed farce that seems unlikely to please even Ozon's most ardent fans..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Ozon ... attacks his material with huge zest, playing up kitsch elements but never losing sight of more serious points."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"The film is still worth watching, and the one fabulous reason why can be summed up in two celebrated words: Catherine Deneuve."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Potiche is a French sex farce with a time warp feminist message that's more odd than entertaining or enlightening."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Deneuve's performance and the artistic design make this film work, despite shortcomings in humor and plotting."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"...rose-tinted, sun-dappled flashbacks and clever use of split-screens and slow-zoom dramatic reveals add to the fromage and homage factor to '70s TV."
‑ James Croot, Flicks.co.nz
"A blend of boulevard farce, 1970s sex comedy and political satire. Deneuve responds to the challenge magnificently and with a glint of mischief."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
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