French Film Festival UK

A Woman's Life (Une Vie) TBC

Tue 14 Nov, 6.15pm


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


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