POTICHE is a 2010 French-Belgian comedy film directed by François
Ozon , based on the play of the same name by Pierre Barillet and
Jean-Pierre Grédy. It stars
Catherine Deneuve ,
Gérard Depardieu ,
Fabrice Luchini ,
Karin Viard ,
Judith Godrèche and Jérémie Renier
. Set in 1977, the film tells the story of a submissive wife who gets
to run her husband's umbrella factory, after the employees rebel
against their tyrannical manager. In French, a "potiche" is a
decorative vase, but by extension means "window dressing" or, roughly,
"trophy wife ". The film competed at the 67th Venice International
Film Festival and received two
Magritte Award nominations, winning
Best Supporting Actor for Jérémie Renier.
* 1 Cast
* 2 Production
* 3 Release
* 3.1 Overseas
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Catherine Deneuve as Suzanne Pujol
Gérard Depardieu as Maurice Babin
Fabrice Luchini as Robert Pujol
Karin Viard as Nadège Dumoulin
Judith Godrèche as Joëlle
Jérémie Renier as Laurent Pujol
Bruno Lochet as André Ferron
* Évelyne Dandry as Suzanne's sister
Élodie Frégé as young Suzanne
François Ozon saw the play
Potiche by Pierre Barillet and
Jean-Pierre Grédy about ten years before he made the film. According
to Ozon, the genesis of the film version was, partly, that he had been
approached by the producers Éric and Nicolas Altmayer and asked to
make a biographical film about
Nicolas Sarkozy , and, partly, his
experiences from the 2007 presidential campaign , where he followed
the Socialist Party 's candidate
Ségolène Royal . While writing the
screenplay, Ozon regularly met with Barillet, who gladly approved the
tweaks made in order to enhance the story's relevance for contemporary
society. The 1970s setting was, however, retained; this was both
because the distance allowed the director to make a more humorous
film, and because France was more politically divided in the 1970s,
which made the class relations more remarkable. The political career
of Suzanne was entirely Ozon's own addition to the story, which in its
original incarnation ended when Robert returns to the factory.
The project was led by Mandarin Cinéma, with co-production support
from Production Services Belgium. Principal photography took place in
Belgium from 26 October 2009 and lasted eight weeks. The film was
deliberately given a theatrical look in order to create distance and
give the audience a constant awareness of watching a work of fiction.
An important influence for the visual style was the cinema of Jacques
Demy . The soundtrack includes
Michèle Torr with "Emmène-moi danser
ce soir", Il était une fois with "Viens faire un tour sous la pluie"
Jean Ferrat 's "C'est beau la vie".
The film premiered on 4 September 2010 in competition at the 67th
Venice International Film Festival . It was released in France and
Belgium on 10 November. Launched in 440 prints through Mars
Potiche had 875,000 admissions during its first week in
French theatres. At its peak the film was playing in 542 venues. When
the theatrical run ended, the total number of tickets sold in France
had reached 2,318,221. As of 28 June 2011,
Box Office Mojo reported
that the worldwide theatrical revenues of the film corresponded to
23,157,170 US dollars.
A subtitled version in English is due to come out on
DVD in October
2011. Clips from the film were used in "trailers" subtitled by Orange
, with all the dialogue reworded to be about mobile phones , in order
to illustrate how phones can ruin a film.
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* ^ A B Vern, Romain Le (10 November 2010). "
Potiche : interview
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* ^ Lemercier, Fabien (27 October 2009). "Deneuve and Depardieu
star in Ozon’s Potiche". Cineuropa. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
* ^ "Venezia 67:
Potiche - François Ozon". labiennale.org.
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* ^ Lemercier, Fabien (18 November 2010). "Little White Lies,
Potiche perform well in theatres". Cineuropa. Retrieved 18 November
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Potiche (2010)". JP's Box-Office (in French). Retrieved 28
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