The Story of Women

Overview

The women in this story are the customers of amateur abortionist Isabelle Huppert. The time is 1941, and the place is a Nazi-occupied French town. Struggling to survive, Huppert turns to illegally terminating unwanted pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Huppert moves her family from their grimy surroundings to a posh apartment, sharing her digs with her new friend, prostitute Marie Trintignant. Completely seduced by her affluent lifestyle, Huppert ignores her shell-shocked husband Francois ...
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Overview

The women in this story are the customers of amateur abortionist Isabelle Huppert. The time is 1941, and the place is a Nazi-occupied French town. Struggling to survive, Huppert turns to illegally terminating unwanted pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Huppert moves her family from their grimy surroundings to a posh apartment, sharing her digs with her new friend, prostitute Marie Trintignant. Completely seduced by her affluent lifestyle, Huppert ignores her shell-shocked husband Francois Cluzet, preferring to dally with Nazi collaborator Nils Tavernier. Things take a disastrous turn after one of Huppert's "customers" dies and her disgruntled husband turns her over to the authorities. Story of Women was inspired by the real-life tale of Marie-Louise Girard, who in 1943 was executed by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers.
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Special Features

New Digital transfer, enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Scene comments by Claude Chabrol; Presentation by critic Joël Magny; Interviews with producer Marin Karmitz and writer Francis Szpiner; Director filmography; Original French theatrical trailer; Essay by film critic and author Wheeler Winston Dixon
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
A quietly observed true-life tale, The Story of Women neatly avoids lionizing its central figure, based on Marie-Louise Girard, who was executed for performing illegal abortions in Vichy France. Marie is a woman with a practical disposition; when a friend asks Marie to help her terminate her pregnancy and the result is successful, Marie realizes that there is more to life than a loveless marriage to a husband suffering from shell shock. She is not, in short, a moral crusader, but a businesswoman, and her practicality extends to having an affair with a collaborator who can provide her with some measure of sexual pleasure. Rarely cracking even a tiny smile, Isabelle Huppert makes Marie a rather chilly character, but you can't help admiring her resourcefulness in the midst of a population that director Claude Chabrol portrays as either walking dead or opportunistic traitors. Standing up to the swinish Vichy authorities at the story's end, Marie finally comes off as a figure of dignity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • UPC: 037429196625
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Homevision
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Marie
François Cluzet Paul
Marie Trintignant Lulu/Lucie
Nils Tavernier Lucien
Lolita Chammah
Aurore Gauvin
Guillaume Foutrier
Marie Bunel Ginette
Dominique Blanc Jasmine
Michel Beaune Attorney Mourier
Evelyne Didi Fernande
Louis Ducreux Mr Mourier
Vincent Gauthier Judge Fillon
François Maistre Judge
Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director, Screenwriter
Francoise Benoit-Fresco Art Director, Production Designer
Matthieu Chabrol Score Composer
Yvon Crenn Production Manager
Michel Dupuy Asst. Director
Monique Fardoulis Editor
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Colo Tavernier O'Hagan Screenwriter
Jean Rabier Cinematographer
Jean-Bernard Thomasson Sound/Sound Designer
Alain Wermus Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Madame Latour [6:12]
2. A Favor [6:58]
3. Hard Times [7:57]
4. The Gift [3:07]
5. Lucie/Lulu [9:36]
6. A New Profession [4:24]
7. The Proposition [6:23]
8. Nazi Games [4:24]
9. Desperate Measures [6:51]
10. Lucien [3:21]
11. Consequences [6:02]
12. Dirty Job [5:07]
13. Women's Business [1:12]
14. Discovery [4:45]
15. Betrayal [1:59]
16. Detained [5:28]
17. State Pawn [3:37]
18. Maximum Penalty [8:31]
19. Moral Restoration [3:00]
20. End Credits [6:34]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Scene Comments By Director Claude Chabrol
      Film Presentation By Critic Joël Magny
      Interview With Producer Marin Karmitz
      Interview With Writer Francis Szpiner
      Original Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
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