A touching and nuanced dramatic comedy about unlikely friendships, forgiveness, and the need for change, THE MIDWIFE centers around the newly resurfaced relationship between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife and single mother, and Béatrice (French cinema icon Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s deceased father. Though far more straight-laced than Beatrice, Claire finds herself fighting to stay independent of the huge hospital that’s devouring practices like hers. As for Beatrice, she’s always been a loose cannon but is now threatened by illness. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other to cope with the unusual circumstance that brings them together in this sharp character study from French filmmaker Martin Provost (whose SERAPHINE swept the Cesar Awards, the French Oscar equivalent). “It’s really the touchy relationship between Claire and Beatrice that fuels much of THE MIDWIFE, and Provost has once again proven to be a sensitive and sure-handed director of what used to be called “women’s films,” with this one somewhat of a cross between Douglas Sirk and the Dardennes. A stellar cast with terrific performances…a crowd-pleaser”—Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 117 Min.
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