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In French the word
comédien translates as actor, while comédie is, simply, comedy in English. With this linguistic link between the players and the comedy genre it's hardly surprising that the French are really good at cinema comedy. After all, it goes right back to the Lumière Brothers, the fathers of modern cinema.
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  • Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

    Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu

  • Une Heure de Tranquillité

    Une Heure de Tranquillité

  • Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

    Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis

  • Les femmes du 6e étage

    Les femmes du 6e étage

  • La Fée

    La Fée

  • OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

    OSS117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

  • Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

    Les aventures d'Adèle Blanc-Sec

  • Une famille à louer

    Une famille à louer

  • Intouchables


  • L'École buissonnière

    L'École buissonnière

  • Pension compléte

    Pension compléte

  • Mon oncle

    Mon oncle

  • Comme un avion

    Comme un avion

  • Potiche


  • Les goût des autres

    Les goût des autres

  • Chic !

    Chic !

  • La dorMeuse Duval

    La dorMeuse Duval

  • Paris pieds nus

    Paris pieds nus

  • Jalouse


  • Le retour du héros

    Le retour du héros

  • Un homme à la hauteur

    Un homme à la hauteur

  • Le Correspondant

    Le Correspondant


Une potiche is a decorated porcelain vase, but in familiar language it can mean a trophy wife.

Catherine Deneuve plays Madame Suzanne Pujol, the trophy wife in this French comedy. Set in the 70s, Mme Pujol sits at home while her husband, Robert, runs the family umbrella business, a business started by Suzanne's late father. Robert is a mean-minded boss, a philanderer, and treats his wife as a know-nothing. They have two adult children, Joëlle, who is unhappy in her marriage and as uncompromising as her father, and Laurent, who is a left wing idealist.

Robert's management style has led to a strike and his bombastic attempts to resolve it have laid him low, requiring him to convalesce. It unexpectedly falls to Suzanne to meet the strikers and try to resolve matters. She seeks the help of the mayor, and member of parliament, Maurice Babin (played by Gérard Depardieu), there being a 'connection' between them. He paves the way and her conciliatory approach, treating the workers almost as family, soon wins their trust. Laurent is co-opted to use his design skills to enhance the product range while Joëlle also gets a job, but doesn't quite accept the new philosophies - her father's daughter, as they say.

It all moves along with much humour and careful attention to the period in which it is set. Delightful, in fact.