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  • Summary: Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, POTICHE is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit comic play. Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or “potiche,”) who steps in to manage the umbrella factory run by her wealthy and tyrannical husband after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. (Music Box Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 27, 2011
    91
    The plot is a piffle but Ozon's presentation is gloriously romantic.
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 25, 2011
    80
    Neither Francophiles nor film fans could ask for anything more than François Ozon's latest, a charming comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 16, 2011
    75
    There's little effort at psychological depth, and the characters float along on the requirements of comedy. But it's sweet comedy, knowing about human nature, and Deneuve and Depardieu, who bring so much history to the screen, seem to create it by their very natures.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 21, 2011
    70
    Eight years after the crowd-pleasing "8 Women" and a mostly impressive run of small-scale arthouse films, Francois Ozon effortlessly moves back to the mainstream with another sparkling, occasionally side-splitting adaptation of a French boulevard-theater play.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 24, 2011
    70
    You suspect, before long, that there is no strong reason for this production to exist, but it is reasonably good fun all the same.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 24, 2011
    65
    The chief reason to see Potiche - maybe the only reason - is Deneuve.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 25, 2011
    50
    It's just that the script, which Ozon adapted from a play, is lightweight and better-suited to stage than screen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 5, 2011
    9
    Not as deep as it might like you to believe, but VERY entertaining, as long as you don't object to the stereotypical French attitudes towards sex and fidelity. The performances are a delight and there are just enough plot twists to keep you guessing. Expand
  2. May 2, 2011
    9
    As an 18 year old straight male, this is not the movie gender and sexuality norms would suggest I would want to see. However, none-the-less I am happy I did. Potiche is all about breaking out of those gender norms and realizing one's potential. I won't give the plot away but I will say that the story of Suzanne Pujol (the trophy wife) unfolds in a way that is both charming and witty. As a young adult that has grown up on classic movies this movie was a breath of fresh air compared to the selection that one is often confronted with at theaters today. I would not recommend anyone below the age of 17 seeing this unless deemed appropriate (semi-explicit sex). All of this being said, I saw this by myself and regretted not asking my girlfriend to go with me. Potiche is a great movie with amazing performances by all. If you get a chance see this with your mother and or father, as this strikes me as a movie not just well suited to multi-gender viewings but multi-generational viewings also. Whatever you decide to do please take away the larger lesson from the movie. Potiche's lesson is well worth the time and money. It's going in my collection next to The Kings Speech. Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2013
    8
    Comedia realista defensora de los derechos de las mujeres, fresca, divertida, y que te teletransporta a los años 70, no solo por los peinados y la ropa, sinó porqué la misma película parece rodada en esa época. Fabulosa la interpretación de Catherine Dneuve. Expand
  4. Apr 20, 2011
    7
    It's a fun movie, and Catherine D. is phenomenal, as usual. There's a LOT more to the story than the trailer suggests. Definitely an interesting peek into the sexual politics of France in the 70's. What I've told people is that it put me in a good mood. Never a bad thing. Expand
  5. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    It's a fun movie. Nothing deep and special. I thought the best past was when the character started singing. It was cheesy but I totally think the story called for it. Expand
  6. May 23, 2011
    5
    French director Francois Ozon has created some unusual and compelling films. This one is more pedestrian, but still interesting. Catherine Deneuve stars as the "trophy wife" of an umbrella factory owner. Things change when she "mans" the company's leadership. This takes place in 1977, so there's a zealous women's lib message (in addition to some fun period clothes). The story and characters are mostly predictable and the performances are adequate. Nothing exceptional here. Just a little French trifle. Expand