In a French bourgeois province in 1977, Suzanne is the submissive wife of rich industrialist Robert Pujol, who runs his umbrella factory with an iron hand and turns out to be just as tyrannical with his workers as he is with his mistress, children and trophy wife.
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The cast and visuals are both great. The antics are a little bit silly. Ozon is definitely a women's director. It's a cute film and the music is fun, but definitely not as good as some of his other films. However, his last couple films have not been good or done well and Potiche is definitely a return to form. Let's hope he is even more inspired the next time.
It's so happy and so campy that it's amazing. The production design and the general style make the film very enjoyable. Deneuve is fantastic as a trophy wife who wants to do more that be there for other's enjoyment. The campiness is something that attracts me to Ozon.
This film started out with so much energy and potential. AMAZING art department, but the story soon fell to pieces particularly in the last 3rd. The section where Susanne starts running for mayor is just totally unnecessary and the rift point between her and her daughter is unconvincing. 2.5 stars
Nimble and delightful comedy about a trophy wife who takes her fate into her own hands when she takes over her husband's company. Catherine Deneuve is radiant and the film is a fun and frothy lark. Francois Ozon directs with a light and glamorous touch.
Denueve as an umbrella factory heiress leads to some charming echoes of one of her earliest (and one of my favorite) films, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg", but that charm is wasted on a film that feels more like a sketch or outline than a fully developed story. The characters are flat and the movie just sort of rolls along through the plot points without ever giving the audience a reason to care.
What seems to be a comedy at first glance appears to have a serious undertone as the film slowely continues. A housewife who has more to offer than was asked. Furthermore the story developes in a rather slow pace, without any tension. With particular attention to the 1970s decoration and musical entertainment (including the typography of the start- and endtitles). Nice to have seen it once but no more than that.