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A Woman's Life 12 rating

Judith Chemla shines in this Guy de Maupassant adaptation, a tale spanning 20 years of a woman’s life.

Drama 2016 119 mins

Director: Stéphane Brizé


An adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novella, A Woman’s Life is an impressionistic and beautifully shot tale of naive Jeanne (Chemla), who faces the harsh realities of growing up as a woman in the 19th century. After being brought up in a convent she marries local nobleman Julien de Lamare (Arlaud), who very quickly and unceremoniously reveals himself to be an unfaithful and disdainful husband.

The film is partly a focused, sober piece of historical sociology, as you'd expect from Stéphane Brizé, the versatile director of modern tough-times drama The Measure of a Man - but it's also a profoundly moving drama, with a superb, career-making lead performance by Judith Chemla.