Potiche is a pleasant enough way to pass a hundred minutes, but is an ultimately completely unsatisfying film. The film makers never seem to quite decide on what they want, drama, comedy, romance, social comment. Had they settled on one or the other I feel a decent film would have resulted. As it is it feels a bit confused and never really gets going. The basic story of a middle aged woman finding new life is a bit hackneyed to say the least, plot and twists, such as they are, are well signposted and there is little by way of surprise or interest. The film appears to reach a natural (unhappy) ending, then keeps going with a story of political campaigning that feels tacked on to resolve the story in a better way for everyone. It doesn't work, as ultimately the story just seems to peter out. Deneuve doesn't really appear to engage with her character and coasts trough on autopilot. Depardieu is the best part of the film, providing a character of sincerity and pathos.
Too serious to work as a comedy. Not enough romance for a romance. Not different enough to be startlingly original or quirky, not conventional enough to work as a romcom with a traditional happy ending. Ultimately unengaging, so only 2 stars.