Star rating – 7/10
Catherine Deneuve sparkles in this gentle, slightly odd-ball comedy about a 1970’s French trophy wife. Her faithless husband owns an umbrella factory, and let’s just says his industrial relations leave a lot to be desired. When he falls ill, and their two children want nothing to do with the factory, his wife Suzanne steps in to save the day.
Needless to say she runs it much more successfully than her husband, in a very amusing and motherly fashion. Business booms, and Suzanne even has time to spend with her old, if by now very portly, flame Gerard Depardieu. One scene which has them disco dancing in a comic Saturday Night Fever type routine is very amusing indeed. She then ventures into the world of politics to complete her transformation.
This film won’t change your life, it might not even change your outlook on anything much at all, but it will certainly make you smile for a while and feel jolly in a whimsical sort of way, and remind you of what a star Deneuve really is.