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Potiche [DVD] [2010]

Catherine Deneuve , Gérard Depardieu , François Ozon    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche
  • Directors: François Ozon
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00505QAOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,262 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Starring two of the most iconic stars of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve and Gerald Depardieu and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Franҫois Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool), Potiche is a hilarious, stylish and subversive romantic comedy that turns the battle of the sexes on its head and refuses to pull any of its punches.

Suzanne is "Potiche"; a beautiful, subservient wife dedicated to serving the selfish whims of her tyrannical husband. But after the exploited workers of his umbrella factory decide to strike, Suzanne takes on the role as head of the company to great success. Although business and personal politics are about to collide with the arrival of Maurice, a charming union leader and a former lover of Suzanne's.  

Extras:
  • Outtakes
  • Test Costumes
  • Test Trailer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent French comedy 30 Dec 2011
Format:Blu-ray
A brilliant film guaranteed to enthral all lovers of Deneuve and Depardieu. Predictable in parts, but with unexpected twists and turns. Highly enjoyable and very recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Potiche - A pleasant yet unfulfilling film 19 Dec 2011
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Period charm 12 May 2013
By Withnail67 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This film looks good and is well acted but a little toothless. Deneuve and Depardieu never fail to deliver, and they provide sure footed performances. There is a pleasing reconstruction of 70s styles and attitude, but the action betrays its stage origins by being a little staid, and the overall feeling is of a missed opportunity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars camp fun 16 Feb 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
There are many things to enjoy in Ozon's latest film. First among these is the presence of Catherine Deneuve in one of her best roles in recent years. She is a very good comedienne and it is wonderful to see her holding centre stage in the film and doing it with such aplomb. She still has this incredible allure and glamour which gradually becomes more and more to the fore as the character is 'made over' for political success and her style becomes closer to how she is in real life, and the bouffant hair is reduced ... I found it a very well written role given the comic framework, and Deneuve manages to suggest all the dimensions of the character with a light touch ... or maybe that is Ozon's too! It is also amusing to see her playing against Depardieu, their past romance being rekindled to deliciously funny effect, and referring to other films as well. The rest of the cast match this inspiration - I particularly enjoyed Jeremie Renier in his 70s flares with the never-appearing girlfriend. The others are all brilliant too, Karin Viard shining as Mademoiselle Nadege ... just the name brings a smile! And at the end Deneuve gets to sing, which I always enjoy! Really the whole film is riotous, and if you enjoyed 8 Women you'll probably like this even more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast great film. 9 Feb 2014
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A French, Belgian film comedy, 'Potiche' is French slang for Trophy Wife. It is about a wife, Catherine Deneuve, who takes over her husband's, Fabrice Luchini, business after the workers have revolted. Also starring Gérard Depardieu. Now....anything starring Gérard Depardieu or Catherine Deneuve let alone both of them is bound to be good....and it is!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Political Yet Mild French Comedy 26 Mar 2012
By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE
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Set in the late 1970s Francois Ozon's adaptation of a play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy is a graceful and gentle comedy with some wonderful dialogue, a great soundtrack and a wonderful feel for the period. As Suzanne, the trophy wife of umbrella factory owner Robert Pujol (played by Fabrice Luchini) Catherine Deneuve suitably underplays her role at first, very unnerving for one of France's strongest actresses of the past thirty or so years. It is only after the factory workers go on strike and her character becomes head of the company that Deneuve's presence and strength really come to the fore. The casting of Gerard Depardieu as union militant and Suzanne's former lover gives the audience the chance to wallow in the firework display which happens when Deneuve and Depardieu are on screen together - Tracey and Hepburn, Burton and Taylor and Gere and Roberts had very similar chemistry.
In French with English subtitles this is a film to smile along with rather than a laugh out loud comedy and if like me your French is not as good as it used to be you will find yourself speed reading the subtitles to keep up with the dialogue at times. Not as witty as Ozon's earlier films such as Swimming Pool and 8 Femmes, Potiche is nevertheless a stylish, mildly amusing and inoffensive movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but never quite as good as it could be 12 Mar 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Boasting an excellent cast on good - but not quite great - form, with Catherine Deneuve giving one of her liveliest performances, Potiche is an enjoyable French battle of the sexes comedy that still leaves you feeling it could have been even better. Based on a 1980 play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy and set in a convincingly familiar recreation of the 70s that doesn't over egg the pudding and keeps the design in the background so it doesn't overpower the jokes, it sees Deneuve's ageing poetry-scribbling trophy wife who no-one takes seriously suddenly thrust into the hot seat and replacing husband Fabrice Lucini as the head of the family umbrella factory. Naturally she's only there as one of his manoeuvres to outflank the striking workers, but just as naturally she turns out to be much better at the job than he is...

It may be a filmed play but it's pleasingly cinematic without feeling gratuitously opened out, Ozon even throwing in a nice little nod to Jacques Demy with some colourful umbrellas that would have been just the thing in Cherbourg drawing Deneuve's approval. Unfortunately it loses its way a little after a boardroom coup only fuels her ambition in a last act added by director Francois Ozon to play on the then-recent election campaign that saw Sarkozy come to power. Co-star Gerard Depardieu's health problems are occasionally noticeable and while it's pleasing to see him in good company again, the magic is never quite there in his scenes with Denueve though he's better in his underplayed scenes attempting to bond with Jeremie Renier.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars J'ai autant ri avec Catherine Deneuve dans le film qu'avec ...
J'ai autant ri avec Catherine Deneuve dans le film qu'avec Jacqueline Maillan dans la piece de theatre... Ce sont deux vraies perles, l'une du cinema, l'autre du theatre. Read more
Published 1 day ago by soraya kherfi
5.0 out of 5 stars Catherine Deneuve is a class actress and doesn't disappoint in this at...
Catherine Deneuve is a class actress and doesn't disappoint in this at all. The plot and the acting are first rate. Read more
Published 5 days ago by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Enjoyed this movie for so many reasons. The cast are excellent, the crew have done an amazing job of styling and producing the film. Well written and directed, just a gem!
Published 1 month ago by P. J. Jorgensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable watch
An early take on the feminists revenge! An enjoyable, light hearted comedy to settle down to after the house work is done.
Published 3 months ago by Cmmdrdata
2.0 out of 5 stars Potiche is not a pot boiler.
Catherine Deneuve is just about passable. Very thin storyline. Typically french story, it somehow did nothing for me. The DVD went straight to War on Want.
Published 7 months ago by Vivek K. Sarawgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Potiche DVD
This was a Xmas present so I haven't watched it but it was well packed and good value for money.
Published 7 months ago by MRS FM MCKENNA
5.0 out of 5 stars another great gerard depardieu depardiieu film
i enjoy any film that gerard de4pardieu appears in,i have quite a collection of his film,s,i had been trying to buy a copy of this film for some time ,in other words"... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vdtraynier
5.0 out of 5 stars a great movie which is different from mainstreem
I found this movie as a fantastic version of the cultural stuff, so much available in France, and so much missing in the Anglo-Saxon world (it is all about happy endings and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Russianpsychic
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic comedy, slightly unbelievable in its plot but enjoyable...
Purchased this film as I am a great fan of Fabrice Luchini. Not disappointed. Catherine Deneuve as gorgeous as ever, but can never quite see the attraction of Gerard Depardieu.
Published 14 months ago by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but in a good way
It has a great snapshot of what ( I suspect) life was like for women in France of the 60s & 70s. The clothes alone are amusing. Not much of a plot but it's amusing.
Published 16 months ago by E. Neill
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