When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins of the family business and proves to be a remarkably effective leader. Business and personal complications arrive in the form of her ex-lover (Depardieu), a former union leader.


Suzanne Pujol, a trophy housewife, finds out she must step up to manage her tyrannical husband Robert’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself to be a very competent leader of action. Her adult son and daughter also start to take more interest in the workings of the factory. Things get complex, however, when she bumps into her old flame and local politician, Maurice Babin, and her husband returns to take back his job.

Whenever a film of recent years, like this one, try to fully capture the feel and style of a 70’s film (or anything retro) with editing, camera tricks, and colors reminiscent of that era, I can’t help but smile. Had I not known that this film was made in 2010, I could have been convinced that this was a film made in that decade. Of course, this is aside from the dead giveaways to the contrary with the appearances of well-known French actors who have obviously aged.

The DVD comes with a behind-the-scenes featurette, costume test reel and trailers. Outside of that, you just have a rather lackluster transfer and Dolby track to support the film. Ozon usually does better in the visual panache department, but I guess it must shine on the Blu-Ray version. I didn’t have the opportunity to view the HD transfer, so I can’t attest it. Still, the movie is well worth a rental.


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