Synopsis

Two French acting greats, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, share the screen for the very first time in The Midwife, a bright and charming drama about old acquaintances and new beginnings from celebrated director Martin Provost (Séraphine, Violette). Conscientious, inhibited and perhaps a little self-righteous midwife Claire (Frot) is stuck in a rut. After years of placing other people before herself, she’s worried she might have been left behind. One day, however, an unexpected phone call changes everything. The call is from her father’s former mistress, Béatrice (Deneuve), a capricious free spirit who’s been off-grid since she walked out on them over three decades ago. As circumstances reunite these two polar-opposites, flighty Béatrice is forced to consider her responsibilities, while uptight Claire finally learns to let go of her troubles. Sparkling with humour, tenderness and mischievous charm, Provost’s film provides a perfect canvas for its tour-de-force lead performances. A bold and buoyant two-hander, The Midwife is a bewitching and unapologetic celebration of life’s loves, losses and endless fresh surprises.

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Martin Provost

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Production year: 2016 Original title: Sage femme DVD catalogue number: ART834DVD

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Now in cinemas & Curzon Home Cinema

Out on DVD & on demand from 11 September

GENRE: Drama, Comedy

DIRECTOR: Martin Provost

DURATION: 117 Mins

COUNTRIES: France

LANGUAGES: French

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  • “A thoughtful pleasure”

    Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming


  • “A genuinely affecting tale of two women... Both actresses are superb here but it's a particularly juicy role for Deneuve”

    Emma Simmonds, The List


  • “A bittersweet delight... Rich, thoughtful, frequently funny”

    Lisa Nesselson, Screen International


  • “A sharp and nuanced character study... a cross between Douglas Sirk and the Dardennes”

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


  • “Deneuve delivers her best performance in recent memory”

    Ben Croll, IndieWire


  • “Deneuve delivers a masterclass in characterisation”

    Kevin Maher, The Times

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