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A Woman’s Life

Normandy, 1819. Jeanne is a young woman full of dreams and innocence when she returns home after finishing her schooling in a convent. She marries a local Viscount, Julien de Lamare, who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful man. Little by little Jeanne’s illusions are stripped away. Beautifully directed by Stéphane Brizé  (The Measure of a Man), the film is one of small gestures but builds to an impressive character portrait.