The Midwife (Sage femme)
The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017)

Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 21, 2017
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2017
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Midwife takes a rewardingly patient approach to potentially melodramatic material, emerging with a well-acted, emotionally resonant character study.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

Deneuve has made a career out of playing these types of eccentric arch-kooks; she could act the role in her sleep.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A closely observed, intelligently imagined and realized presentation of contrasting personalities.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

It's a waste of Frot, an actor so gifted she wiped the floor with Meryl Streep in last year's great Florence Foster Jenkins stand-off.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"The Midwife" is one of those movies that could be about anything and you'd watch, so enjoyable are its lead actors.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A film that looks at its characters with understanding and acceptance, it is anchored by two iconic actresses - the great Catherine Deneuve, lovely and luminous as Beatrice, and Catherine Frot, a contained, persevering survivor as Claire.

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Felipe Tapia

The performances are intense, the characters are complex and well developed. [Full review in Spanish]

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Provost's film is, in the end, a story about attaining the wisdom that comes from forgiveness and the acceptance of those things - namely the past and the future - that none of us can control.

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James Berardinelli

The only thing that keeps us from tuning out is that it's a pleasure to watch the actors exchange dialogue. Is that a good enough reason to see a movie? Depends what you're looking for.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Though a relatively slight tale of a woman who breaks free of a stifling life as a result of an unexpected encounter with her past, 'The Midwife' offers the opportunity to watch two fine actresses joust, and for some that may be enough.

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What is there to say about this already marvellous film, made sublime by Catherine Deneuve's performance. It is an essay about people caring for one… More