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Selected for the 2010 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, POTICHE is a bona fide critical and box office hit in France, where it has been nominated for four Césars (France’s equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Costume Design.

Set in 1977 in a provincial French town, POTICHE is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous hit comic play. Catherine Deneuve is Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or “potiche,”) who steps in to manage her wealthy and tyrannical husband (Fabrice Luchini)’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, Suzanne proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Gérard Depardieu plays a former union leader and Suzanne’s ex-beau who still holds a flame for her.

POTICHE hits DC theaters Friday, April 29.

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