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The Midwife (Sage femme)

Part of the European Perspectives Strand

Martin Provost

  • 15

  • 117 mins

  • 2016

  • France

  • French

Cast Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire, Mylène Demongeot

  • Director of Photography: Yves Cape

  • Editor: Albertine Lastera

  • Produced by: Olivier Delbosc

  • Music: Grégoire Hetzel

  • Screenplay by: Martin Provost

  • Production Designer: Thierry François

  • Sound Production: Brigitte Taillandier

Director Bio

Martin Provost

Director Bio

Martin Provost is a French director and screenwriter. He started his career as a theatre and screen actor in the 70s. In the 1980s, he leaves acting behind to dedicate himself to writing and directing. He makes his feature directorial debut with Tortilla y Cinema (1997). In 2008, he wins Best Film and Best Original Screenplay at the César with his film Séraphine.

Body

It is a case of Catherine v Catherine in this sparkling French drama as the twin talents of Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot share memorable screen time. Frot plays an ordered and sensible midwife whose life gets unexpectedly complicated when her father’s flighty and disorganised former lover (Deneuve) arrives back in Paris having been given just a year to live. Funny, astute and gently melodramatic, this latest film from Martin Provost (who made award-winning Séraphine) is a delightful character study driven by two wonderful performances.



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