A lightweight confection, this French import from director Francois Ozon slides down easily even though it never truly satisfies. Adapted by the filmmaker from a play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy, Potiche never acquires any psychological depth or narrative flourish. The comedy is somewhat diagrammatic and forced, though the film’s delightful performances and brilliant color palette see it through any rough patches. The 1977 setting also amplifies the film’s superficial mood as it recalls the tenor of numerous late-’70s French sex comedies.
Catherine Deneuve has the leading role as Suzanne Pujol, the trophy wife of the title.
Deneuve and Depardieu are refreshing in the leading roles, almost because of their age rather than in spite of it. Yet the characters still never come across as flesh-and-blood human beings; they remain concepts that never emerge into recognizable people. No matter — Potiche is a tasty morsel. Grade: B
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