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How to Be a Good Wife

(Rated M)

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“Busy hands keep evil thoughts away”

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Overview

A hit at last year’s Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, How to Be a Good Wife is a sparkling satire that provides a charming vehicle for the ever-luminous Juliette Binoche. It’s 1967, and the seeds of revolution are being sown at Van der Beck’s School of Housekeeping and Good Manners in the picturesque countryside of Alsace, France. A prim and proper all-girls boarding school dedicated to transforming its pupils into perfect housewives, it’s run by Paulette (Binoche) and her husband Robert. When Robert passes away unexpectedly, the dire financial state of the institution is revealed to Paulette, leading her to embark on a journey of self-discovery, challenged beliefs, and a rekindled romance in the reappearance of old flame André (Édouard Baer).

Official Selection
— Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2020
“Binoche is brilliant. Colourful, happy, romantic and surprisingly modern, Provost’s film skilfully explores all the social upheavals of the time”
— Elle
“This breezy satire sows the seeds of rebellion through escalating farce, a winning comedic ensemble, and a dash of queer longing”
— ABC Arts

Why You Should See This Film

It’s no secret Juliette Binoche is one of our favourite actresses, delivering some of her best performances in recent years in films like Let the Sunshine In and Non-Fiction — both former Golden Age Sydney Exclusives! It’s fun to see her let her hair down in this breezy romp of a film from Martin Provost (The Midwife), set among the ripe political climate of the women’s movement of the ‘60s.

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  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Martin Provost
  • Cast: Juliette Binoche
  • Duration: 109 minutes
  • Language: French with English subtitles
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