How To Be A Good Wife

La Bonne

A film by Martin Provost

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

Juliette Binoche

Gilberte Van der Beck

Yolande Moreau

Marie Thérèse

Noémie Lvovsky

André Grunvald
Edouard Baer

Robert Van der Beck
François Bérleand

– Trailers –


French teaser with English subtitles


French trailer with English subtitles


French TV spot


Italian trailer


Japanese teaser


Japanese trailer


Spanish teaser


Spanish trailer

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– From the archives –


Juliette Binoche talks about La Bonne Épouse

– Soundtrack Samples –
La Bonne Épouse

"La Bonne Épouse" by Alexei Aigui


– Documents –
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Press kit
PDF - French


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