Story of Women Reviews
Claude Chabrol tends to be rather overlooked but he was actually part of the French wave, just like the giants Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, and even though he never had the same amount of success abroad, he was quite heralded in France during a career which went over more than 6 decades and he made more than 50 movies in the process. To be honest, I haven’t seen many of his movies (at least, not enough I believe) but this flick is one of the best so far. One again, it stars Isabelle Huppert in the lead part, they would make many more movies together, and she was quite brilliant as usual. The plot is a little bit similar to ‘Vera Drake’, a more recent feature directed by another great master, Mike Leigh, in the sense that it deals with a woman who performs unlawful abortions. The big difference though is that Vera Drake was actually a kind woman who wanted to help other women in need, here the main character, Marie-Louise Girard (a woman who actually did exist for real), actually did the same thing above all for the money and she didn’t care much for those women or the women’s rights in general. Personally, I have always been rather fascinated by dark and ambiguous characters and, therefore, this movie was pretty spellbinding to watch. To conclude, even though this flick is rather obscure, it is actually really good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested in French movies.
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