A Woman's Life (12A)

a woman's life

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This film was last shown on 18 January 2018

A Woman's Life is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. After finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a cold and unfaithful husband. As she tries to balance his near-constant infidelities, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne's rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

Judith Chemla is utterly captivating in her role as Jeanne in this award-winning adaptation of Maupassant’s classic novel.


Stéphane Brizé
Belgium, France
116 mins
Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Judith Chemla, Yolande Moreau


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