How to be a Good Wife

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Dir Martin Provost


Women’s Liberation and the sexual revolution come to ultra-conservative 60s France in Martin Provost’s colourful comedy. The immaculate Paulette Van Der Beck (Juliette Binoche) and her husband have been running a school of Housekeeping and Good Manners in Alsace for many years. Their mission is to train teenage girls to become perfect housewives. After the death of her husband, Paulette discovers that the school is on the verge of bankruptcy and she takes on executive responsibilities. She and her students start questioning their beliefs spurred by the nation-wide protests of May 1968. Reunited with her first love, André (Édouard Baer), and with the help of her eccentric stepsister Gilberte (Yolande Moreau) and strict nun Marie-Thérèse (Noémie Lvovsky), Paulette joins forces with the pupils to overcome their suppressed status and become liberated women.

Cast Juliette Binoche, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, Édouard Baer, François Berléand

Director Martin Provost | 2020 | France/Belgium | 109 mins

Int sales Memento

“An ensemble piece that surrounds Binoche with top-notch comic talent.”

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