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MARCH  9th    Certificate 15    France 2011   

It's 1970s France and factory heiress Suzanne Pujol (Deneuve) twiddles her thumbs at home while her domineering husband Robert (Luchini) runs her family business. But when Robert falls ill she takes over his role. With the encouragement of old flame and union boss Maurice Babin (Depardieu), her ambitions for the business grow.

Catherine Deneuve is a bundle of fun in this ’70s-set comedy. She’s the patient, put-upon trophy housewife of a right-wing factory owner. Stepping into his shoes while he’s ill, she proves herself up to the job with a caring, sharing approach that wins over striking factory workers. Based on a play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy, it’s both an inspiring tale of female empowerment and a jolly good laugh: director François Ozon sends up the ’70s beautifully with Farrah flicks, constant smoking and bed-hopping. Meanwhile Gérard Depardieu lends his considerable weight as Deneuve’s political ex, who’s keen to lend a hand in more ways than one.    Like a Gallic Nine To Five ('Neuf a Cinq'?), Ozon's comedy is a uniquely French skew on the gender politics of the home and the workplace. It's mostly funny, fast and fondly made