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Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N State St, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Chicago premiere! Tickets & details at siskelfilmcenter.org/awomanslife
«Exquisitely moving...a haunting study of class, tragedy, and time.» — Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
Director Brizé's follow-up to his acclaimed THE MEASURE OF A MAN might seem an abrupt change of pace, shifting his focus from a victim of contemporary downsizing to a high-born woman of the early nineteenth century, but this adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's first novel achieves a comparable immediacy in depicting a character stripped of her illusions as she is buffeted by forces beyond her control. Jeanne (Chemla), the only daughter of an aristocratic Norman family, places her faith in her dashing young husband, her priest, her best friend, and her spoiled son, only to weather a series of betrayals and disasters that lead to the conclusion, «Life is never as good or as bad as you think.» Brizé avoids the stuffiness of costume drama through an energized, immersive style built on handheld camerawork, a 1.33:1 frame, ellipses, abrupt transitions, and flashbacks and flash-forwards that demonstrate that happiness and heartbreak are never far apart. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital.