Cinefest Sudbury Virtual Festival

La bonne épouse (How to Be a Good Wife)

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It’s 1967. The immaculate and morally upright Paulette Van der Beck (Binoche) and her husband Robert (Berléand ) have been running Van der Beck’s School of Housekeeping and Good Manners in the lush regions of Alsace for over two decades, with the help of Paulette’s eccentric stepsister Gilberte (Moreau) and the school’s communist-fearing, ex-Resistance nun Marie-Therese (Lvovsky). Their mission: to train teenagers to become perfect housewives, in times when women were expected to be largely subservient. After an accident turns clockwork order into chaos, Paulette discovers that the school is on the verge of financial ruin. Forced to assume executive responsibilities, she is flustered even more by an encounter with her long-lost first love, André (Baer), who becomes relentless in his desire to rekindle their romance. Meanwhile, a sweeping nationwide protest movement is transforming society around them, encouraging the school’s pupils to challenge authority and question their own desires and beliefs. Before long, the entire group undertakes a journey of liberation, one that will transform all their lives. Previous films by Martin Provost that have been featured at Cinefest Sudbury include Seraphine (2008) and Sage femme (2017).


Tenir son foyer et se plier au devoir conjugal sans broncher. Voilà ce qu’enseignent avec ardeur, depuis deux décennies, Paulette Van Der Beck et son époux Robert dans leur école ménagère de l’Alsace. Ils sont secondés dans cette entreprise par Marie-Thérèse, religieuse, ancienne résistante et adoratrice du général de Gaulle, et Gilberte, la belle-sœur de Paulette, professeure de cuisine et fan d'Adamo. Les certitudes de Paulette vacillent quand elle se retrouve soudainement veuve et ruinée et qu’elle retrouve André, son tout premier amoureux, qui souhaite raviver la flamme d’antan. Est-ce le retour d’André ou le vent de liberté de mai 1968? Autour d’elle, la société et les valeurs changent. Et si la bonne épouse devenait une femme libre? Cette comédie est le huitième long métrage de Martin Provost, qui a entre autres réalisé Sage femme, qui fut présenté à Cinéfest Sudbury en 2017.


  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    108 minutes
  • Language
    In French with English subtitles
  • Country
    France
  • Rating
    PG
  • Note
    MK2 MILE END
  • Director
    Martin Provost
  • Cast
    Juliette Binoche, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, Edouard Baer