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The Story of Women

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Original title
Une affaire de femmesaka
  • Story of Women
Running time
110 min.
France France
Claude Chabrol, Colo Tavernier O'Hagan (Novel: Francis Szpiner)
Matthieu Chabrol
Jean Rabier
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MK2 Productions
Drama | II World War
Synopsis / Plot
During World War II, in occupied France, a woman of limited schooling raises two children in a ratty flat. She is Marie Latour. In 1941, her husband Paul returns from the front, too weak to hold a job. Marie discovers she can make money performing abortions, using a soapy water douche. Many of her clients are knocked up by occupying Germans. She buys better food and clothes, looks for a new flat, and, through an acquaintance who is a prostitute, rents out her bedrooms to hookers during the day. She's indifferent to Paul; his humiliations grow as does her income. She hopes to be a singer. Male Vichy umbrage and moral hypocrisy may upend her. What is she thinking?
1989: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
1989: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
1988: Venice: Best Performance Female (Isabelle Huppert)
1988: Valladolid International Film Festival: Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)
1988: César Awards: 3 Nominations
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