Excerpt: It should already be evident to anyone who follows the films of Fran�ois Ozon that the French director makes two kinds of film � serious relationship dramas dealing with subjects like bereavement ( Under The Sand ), terminal illness ( Time to Leave ), marriage conflict ( 5x2 ) and pregnancy ( The...
Excerpt: François Ozon made his reputation in the late ’90s and early ’00s as one of the most gifted, eclectic, prolific stylists of his French filmmaking generation, but over the past few years, he’s seemed more interested in the “prolific” part of his rep.
Conclusion: Like a Gallic Nine To Five ('Neuf a Cinq'?), Ozon's comedy is a uniquely French skew on the gender politics of the home and the workplace. It's mostly funny, fast and fondly made although it drags a little towards the end.
Excerpt: The 70's are perfectly recreated with all of the colour and fashion to bring on pangs of nostalgia. The social attitudes are missed less. "Potiche" is a light-hearted movie loaded with social comment, looking at the role of women in the workplace, and the incumbent responsibilities of fatherhood.