Story Of Women

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

In a German-occupied French village in 1941, Marie (Isabelle Huppert) struggles to eke out an existence for herself and two children, then begins supporting her family in style by performing amateur abortions. Her husband, Paul (Fracois Cluzet), whom Marie grows to despise, returns from the war a broken man, but when her affair with a young collaborator...read more

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In a German-occupied French village in 1941, Marie (Isabelle Huppert) struggles to eke out an existence for herself and two children, then begins supporting her family in style by performing amateur abortions. Her husband, Paul (Fracois Cluzet), whom Marie grows to despise, returns from

the war a broken man, but when her affair with a young collaborator (Nils Tavernier) becomes increasingly overt, Paul turns informer, and Marie finds herself standing trial in Paris for her "crime against the state."

Loosely based on the life of Marie-Louise Giraud, an actual abortionist who was executed by the Vichy government, this absorbing account of a dark period in French history is technically impressive on every level. Chabrol's economical control of cinematic narrative, as usual, stands him in good

stead, lending his depiction of the nightmare of the Occupation the kind of melodramatic tension that is his specialty. STORY OF WOMEN unfolds with inexorable logic, though it is too schematic in conception to achieve real tragic power. Huppert (who took the best actress award at the 1988 Venice

Film Festival for her performance here) remains stoically in character throughout, daring viewers to sympathize with her cool demeanor, but even her fine work is not enough to overcome the problems in the script.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
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