A film by Martin Provost
French icon Juliette Binoche in conversation about her role in "How to be A Good Wife"
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It’s 1967, the immaculate and morally upright Paulette Van der Beck (Juliette Binoche) and her husband Robert (François Berléand) have been running The Van der Beck School of Housekeeping and Good Manners in the lush regions of Alsace for over two decades, with the help of Paulette’s eccentric sister-in-law Gilberte (Yoland Moreau) and the school’s communist-fearing, ex-Resistance nun Marie-Therese (Noèmie Lvovsky). Their mission: to train today's adolescent girls to become the perfect housewives of tomorrow.
After an accident turns clockwork order into utter chaos, Paulette discovers that the school is on the verge of financial ruin. Forced to assume executive responsibilities, she is flustered even more by an encounter with her long-lost first love, André (Edouard Baer), who becomes relentless in his desire to rekindle their romance.
Meanwhile, a sweeping nationwide Feminist protest movement is transforming society around them, encouraging the girls at the school to challenge authority and question their own desires and to take charge of their own futures. Before long the school undertakes a journey of liberation to Paris, one that will transform all their lives.
Striking a near-magical tone that’s both satirical and tender, La Bonne Épouse is writer director Martin Provost's follow up to Sage Femme and Seraphine. The film skilfully blends humour, whimsy with more serious concerns and features a trio of indelible performances by Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau and Noèmie Lvovsky.
Paulette Van der Beck
Gilberte Van der Beck
Robert Van der Beck
French teaser with English subtitles
French trailer with English subtitles
French TV spot
"La Bonne Épouse" by Alexei Aigui