The President’s Wife [M] | BREC

The President’s Wife [M]

Run Time 93 mins
Ticket Prices $20
35th Alliance Française French Film Festival
Presented by MSC Cruises
In partnership with BREC and Alliance Française Perth

DIRECTOR  Léa Domenach
CAST  Catherine Deneuve, Denis Podalydès, Michel Vuillermoz, Sara Giraudeau, Laurent Stocker (Comédie Française)
LANGUAGE  French with English subtitles
YEAR  2023
GENRE  Comedy
CATEGORY  Highlights / Comédie Chérie
RATING  M – Coarse language

View Sessions
19 April 2024
5:30 pm
21 April 2024
4:15 pm
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Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve plays Bernadette Chirac in this uproarious comedy based on actual events.

1995, Jacques Chirac is elected President of the French Republic. When Bernadette Chirac steps into the Elysée, she’s ready for the recognition she’s earned, having tirelessly supported her husband’s journey to the presidency. Instead, she finds herself set aside and brushed off as old-fashioned, cold and sour-tempered. With the help of her chief of staff, Bernard Niquet (Denis Podalydès, Rise, AF FFF23) Bernadette embarks on a campaign to restore her reputation and assert her role as first lady.

In her debut film, documentarian Léa Domenach skilfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction, presenting a captivating portrait of an unexpected feminist icon. The President’s Wife is a delightful tapestry of satire, whimsical musical numbers, and vibrant visuals, offering a heart-warming celebration of Bernadette Chirac’s resilience and wit.

You will find yourself smiling, laughing, and empathising with this delightful character, flawlessly personified by the wonderful Deneuve. The President’s Wife is a must-see in this year’s lineup!


Lumiere Awards – Nominated for Best Actress

“A tale of female ’empowerment’, Bernadette is a chronicle of the Chirac years, with delightful gags and bright colours.”
Marie Claire


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