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by François Ozon


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 nasty and tyrannical with his workers as he is with his mistress, children and “trophy” wife. After the workers go on strike and hold Robert captive, Suzanne ends up managing the factory, instead of her husband, who is disowned by the staff. Distressed and in poor health, Robert goes away for a while and, to the surprise of most, Suzanne proves to be an assertive woman of action. With the help of the communist deputy, her former lover Maurice Babin, she puts an end to the strike, gets the factory running again and improves the employees’ working conditions. But when Robert returns from his trip in good health, the situation gets complicated. From Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy’s eponymous play.

original title: Potiche
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: Wild Bunch International
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: François Ozon
release date: IT 05/11/2010, BE 10/11/2010, FR 10/11/2010, NL 16/12/2010, CZ 23/12/2010, DE 24/03/2011, AT 25/03/2011, ES 25/03/2011, RO 03/06/2011, UK 17/06/2011
screenplay: François Ozon
cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Jérémie Renier, Judith Godrèche
film editing: Laure Gardette
art director: Katia Wyszkop
costumes designer: Pascaline Chavanne
producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
production: Mandarin Compagnie (Mandarin Productions Cinéma & Télévision), Production Services Belgium
distributor: Mars Films Distribution, BIM Distribuzione, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., 35MM, Concorde Filmverleih, Filmladen, Alta Films, Independenta Film, StudioCanal

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