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Story of Women(1988)

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  • story of women

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/20/15

    I agree with the previous reviewer that this is an unpleasant film. That it is also powerful and gripping is due to the acting talent of Isabelle Huppert and the directorial genius of Claude Chabrol. As with "Lacombe Lucien," that other great film about occupied France in WW2, you are plunged into a hellish society that has been shattered by military defeat and conquest, and is experiencing the humiliation, amorality, and cruelty that inevitably follows. There are no heroes in this kind of a society. Not a brave Resistance fighter to be seen. Just people without pride or integrity or dignity who are trying to get by, some more sleazily than others. Symbolizing this bleak condition is the film's main character, Marie Latour, a mercenary abortionist, who kills one of her patients, cheerfully cuckolds her (admittedly loser) husband with a Nazi collaborator, and allows her house to be used as a brothel in the presence of her children. When she is beheaded at film's end you are utterly without a tear. But not without pity, so good is Huppert at bringing out the measure of humanity that this appalling woman does possess. I usually do not believe or admire films that dwell on the misery of life, but for films about Vichy France I think I'll make an exception. So let's give it an A minus. (Why not an A? Well, the last half hour kinda drags. I mean, I'm not really interested in the lawyer who tries to keep Marie from losing that lovely, venal head of hers.) P.S. Great kid actor playing Huppert's 10 year old son. Expressive without being gooey.

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    • Gail A Patterson
    • 9/24/12

    I am very disappointed in this film and the subject also...I don't feel it is a Classic Film at all....and the subject matter was very sensitive material that wasn't appropriate for tcm at all.I had to shut the channel off...and I usually have the tcm channel on mostly all day and sometimes at night.I really have enjoyed most of the Underground stories....but this one was trash and made me squirm in my seat ten minutes into the film....I was sickened to my stomach when they actually laid the women on the floorto perform such a delicate procedure....that shouldn't even been shown as it was....I'm sorry this is not a good revue....but its the first movie I've ever disliked that you've aired....please don't show eighty moviesthey are not classic at all.....I remember them well....and I never watched movies in the eighties at all unlessit was animated ones.....

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