Summary: Here's some unsolicited advice to Hollywood (and indeed international) actresses of a certain age, those who find themselves visiting plastic surgeons or Botox emporiums repeatedly until they're virtually unrecognizable as a member of the human species: take a look at one Catherine Deneuve. Yes, she's probably preternaturally blessed with an incredible set of genes, but like several other European actresses, she's let herself age . What a refreshing change of pace.
Excerpt: It should already be evident to anyone who follows the films of François 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 Refuge ), and then there are the films that are kind of quirky and lightweight in nature ( 8 Women Swimming Pool Angel Ricky ).
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. Potiche (loosely translated as “trophy”) returns Ozon to the colorful, energetic retro-homage of his musical 8 Women , and it’s his most purely enjoyable movie in nearly a decade.
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.
Summary: Made in Dagenham rewritten as a French farce, an industralist, feminist reworking of George and Mildred , or a piss-take of big budget TV soaps like Dynasty or Dallas – however you view writer-director Ozon's 70's-set, pitch-black family comedy the result is an eclectic and engaging film that is most certainly never dull.
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. Focused on individual choices and growth, there's no haranguing, and the delivery is affable, warm, and comic. A gold medal for the trophy wife.