Potiche (Trophy Wife)

Potiche (Trophy Wife)

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Adorable French actor Jérémie Renier (Criminal Lovers, A Love to Hide) is absolutely hysterical as Catherine Deneuve's ambiguously gay son - dressed in skin-tight '70s-period pants that leave nothing to the imagination - in this charming, candy-colored comedy from prolific, wildly diverse gay filmmaker François Ozon (8 Women, Criminal Lovers, Hideaway, Under the Sand, Water Drops on Burning Rocks, See the Sea, Sitcom, Swimming Pool).

It's 1977 and women's liberation is in the air, but Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve) is still the self-effacing, elegant housewife of wealthy industrialist Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini). Pujol oversees his umbrella factory with an iron fist and is equally tyrannical with his children and "trophy housewife."

When the workers go on strike and take Robert hostage, Suzanne steps in to manage the factory. To everyone's surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. Her new role throws her back in touch with union leader Maurice Babin (Gérard Depardieu), a romantic fling from the past that still has sparks. When Robert returns from a restful cruise looking to reassert himself, things get complicated.

Directed with superb style by one of our absolute favorite gay filmmakers, Potiche is based on the popular 1970's French stage play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy ("Cactus Flower").

Reasons to Buy

  1. "Sophisticated and quick-witted!" - Roderick Conway Morris, The New York Times
  2. "A tremendously elegant piece of fun!" -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)
  3. "A love poem to Catherine Deneuve. It's made to please, and succeeds." -Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

DVD Features

Making of Potiche
Theatrical Trailer
70s Trailer
Costume Tests


  • Director: Francois Ozon
  • Producer: Eric Altmayer
  • Producer: Nicolas Altmayer
  • Writer: Francois Ozon
  • Length: 1 hrs. 43 mins.
  • Rating: R
  • Released: Jul 19 2011
  • Added: Jul 01 2011
  • Production Year: 2010
  • TLA SKU: 1579200
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 736211212252
  • Catalog #: DV3233612


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Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
The beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays a trophy wife in the French comedy. "Potiche". Her husband was being held hostage by striking employees so she takes over as head of the family business and is quite good at it, Yet things change when her ex-love... Read More

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