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 COUNTRY France YEAR 2023 GENRE Comedy CATEGORY Highlights / Comédie Chérie RATING CTC
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.”
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