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Woman's Life, A (12A)

A fragmented account of the life of Jeanne as she sets out on the path of adult life and gradually experiences the harsh realities of a woman's life in the 19th-century.

The critical consensus

This makes for quite a gruelling, testing drama, that's carried by an impressive, heartfelt performance from Chemla, who confidently runs the gamut from light, carefree youth to the careworn figure of bitterly disillusioned middle age.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 08/01/2018

Complex, poised and beguilingly earthy. Stephane Brizé’s decade-spanning epic is a sensitively performed, memorably fragmentary look at one woman undone by the feckless men in her life.

***(*)(*)Jonathan Pile, Empire Online, 08/01/2018

It doesn’t make for cheerful viewing but, in its own downbeat way, A Woman’s Life makes absorbing filmmaking.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 11/01/2018

A respectful adaptation, yet one that fails to translate the intensity of Maupassant’s writing.

***(*)(*)Manuela Lazic, Little White Lies, 12/01/2018

Stéphane Brizé’s period drama trots along like a reliable chestnut mare, tugging steadily behind it the tale of a sensitive heiress who marries a rotter.

***(*)(*)Leslie Felperin, The Guardian, 12/01/2018

The saving grace is an excellent performance from Chemla as she captures Jeanne's journey from carefree youth to careworn middle-age.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 12/01/2018

This atmospheric film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel explores the bleak lot of an heiress in 19th-century France.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 14/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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