We want to alert you to A WOMAN’S LIFE, a movie currently screening at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 and continuing through this Thursday, May 18.
A WOMAN’S LIFE was adapted from the novel Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant. It is the story of a young aristocrat, Jeanne (played by Judith Chemla), in 19th century Normandy, France. After being educated in a convent, she marries Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), which she sees as the rosy beginning to her future. Instead, he soon shows himself to be domineering, unkind, and constantly unfaithful. As Jeanne grows further into adult life, and before long into motherhood, the world that she once envisioned dilutes into various burdens and sorrows.
Filmmaker Stephane Brize uses color and light to tell the story, with bright sunny days that accompany the good moments, and rainy, cold environments and dark hues to pair with the dark ones. The audience watches Jeanne live 27 years of her life in flashbacks and flash-forwards that constantly transform her, aided by make-up, clothing, and the actress’ effective body language, from a hopeful young woman to a forlorn grandmother.
A WOMAN’S LIFE is not an idealistic story, but rather the representation of an all too possible existence for a female in the 1800s. It is, however, set within beautiful shots of the landscape, and infused with the conviction that, as Jeanne’s faithful friend Rosalie (played by Nina Meurisse) states – “life is never as good or as bad as you think.”
A WOMAN’S LIFE is 119 minutes long, in French with English subtitles. This is a link for tickets and information to the screening at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena (673 East Colorado). The film screens also at Laemmle’s Royal through May 25.
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