Story of Women 

Drama | French with English subtitles | 108 minutes

Info

In Vichy France during World War II, Marie is impoverished, raising two children in a squalid apartment while waiting for her prisoner-of-war husband, Paul, to return. A pregnant neighbor tries to abort but is unsuccessful. Marie helps with the procedure and the abortion is successful. Word gets out and other women, seeking abortions,  contact Marie. Subsequently, Marie has   ample money to feed her children, hire a maid and move to a larger apartment. Paul returns. But the war disabled him emotionally and he can’t hold a job. Losing interest in Paul, Marie encourages the maid to have an affair with him while Marie cavorts with her lover. When Paul finds out, he threatens to inform the police of Marie’s illegal business. If Marie is convicted, she will surely face death by guillotine. 

Cast
YIsabelle Huppert (Marie) / François Cluzet (Paul)
Why Stream This Film?
In Vichy France, where abortion is a treasonable crime and the sentence  is usually death by guillotine, a defiant Marie performs 27 abortions. The Story of Women  is based on a true story.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 83%
Accolades
  • Venice Film Festival: Winner, Best Film; Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film

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Isabelle Huppert gives one of her best performances. This fact-based story provides director Claude Chabrol with one of his best subjects: the director is in top form here.” 
Leonard Maltin

Movie Guide

Mr. Chabrol makes a triumphant return. And as Marie Latour, Isabelle Huppert gives a performance that won her a well-deserved best-actress award at the Venice Film Festival.
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

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