Beautifully shot and adapted from Guy de Maupassant’s first novel, Brizé (The Measure of a Man) offers a dazzling mosaic of the trials and tribulations in the life of Jeanne (a revelatory Chemla), an optimistic and bright-eyed young noblewoman living in 19th century Normandy.
When the handsome Viscount Julien de Lamare asks for her hand in marriage, she fantasises about a life brimming with dreamy afternoons of flower beds bathed in dappled sunlight. Yet her fate proves very different.
A revelation in the title role of A Woman's Life (Une Vie), Chemla effortlessly encapsulates an expansive range of emotions and character developments while exceptional camera work, production design and costumes recreate every detail of Jeanne’s world.
Dir: Stéphane Brizé
Cast: Judith Chemla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
France / Belgium 2015, 119mins