Potiche (2010) Directed by François Ozon. With Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini.
Director, François Ozon’s ‘Potiche’, which translates to trophy wife in English, is a mildly amusing French comedy about a woman (Catherine Deneuve) breaking out of her stale marriage to pursue a life less ordinary.
The film opens with a jolly burst of colour and life, which is constantly stated throughout. The music recalls the tone of a cheeky 70’s sitcom, and the theatre origins of the piece are mirrored in some of the playful, larger than life performances. As Suzanne Pujol, the central character, Deneuve cuts a classy figure and her likeable character is always fun to be around.
There’s nothing to sing on the rooftops about here, but it’s pleasantly distracting while you’re in it’s company, and it ought to leave you in a slightly sunnier mood than before. The 70’s period detail is well attended to while Gérard Depardieu is a welcome addition 25mins in. Overall, the film has to go down as a thumbs-up for it’s perky performances and pleasingly offbeat sense of humour. 3/5