The Midwife

The Midwife

Martin Provost (2017)

117min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director Martin Provost, (Séraphine, Violette), presents a little light character sketching for a pair of esteemed actresses in this droll dramedy that was specifically penned for Catherines Frot and Deneuve. Frot plays dedicated hospital midwife Claire, who is contacted by eccentric Béatrice (Deneuve), the woman who ended the affair that drove her father to suicide. Reuniting after 35 years, the pair hardly hit it off. However, with her dream job in a humble Parisian clinic under threat, the eminently sensible Claire feels the call of duty when the fast-living Béatrice announces that she has an inoperable brain tumour. The by-play between the stars is riveting, with Deneuve boldly playing against type as a gluttonous, gambling harridan. Moreover, it's good to see a film exploring midlife ennui from a female perspective for a change. But the subplots involving Claire's relationships with her medical student son (Quentin Dolmaire) and a friendly trucker (Olivier Gourmet) prove less inspired, despite a couple of sweet moments.

Summary

Premiere. Claire works as a midwife at a maternity hospital that is soon to be shut down. One day, her late father's former mistress, whom Claire resents for having abandoned him shortly before he died, decides to come back into her life. Drama, starring Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot and Olivier Gourmet. In French.

Cast & Crew

Béatrice Sobolevski Catherine Deneuve
Claire Catherine Frot
Simon Quentin Dolmaire
Rolande Mylène Demongeot
Cécile Pauline Etienne
Director Martin Provost
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Curzon Artificial EyeGuidance: nudityReleased on: 7 Jul 2017