Film premiere: A Woman’s Life

Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Venice festival. A picture by Stéphane Brizé is an adaptation of the novel “Une vie” by Guy de Maupassant, described by Leo Tolstoy himself as the best French novel since “Les Misérables”.

„A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

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