The Midwife

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France | 2017 | 117 minutes | Martin Provost

Catherine Deneuve, in a performance that critics are hailing as among her best, is a free-spirited, life-loving woman at a crossroads who seeks out her ex-lover's daughter, a gifted yet painfully reserved midwife, in an effort to reconnect after 30 years away.

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The Midwife is the story of Claire (ten-time Cesar Award nominee Catherine Frot), a gifted midwife, who one day receives a phone call from Beatrice (cinema legend Catherine Deneuve), her father's ex-mistress who vanished from their lives 30 years ago. Claire is nonplussed—Beatrice's disappearance wreaked havoc in her life at the time—but nevertheless, she agrees to meet. They make the oddest of odd couples: Beatrice is a boozy blonde who smokes like a chimney and orders the biggest piece of meat on the menu; Claire, a teetotalling vegetarian, is a fundamentally decent person, maybe a little dull. But Beatrice is a force of nature, and Claire is gradually swept up in her orbit. Nor is this the only upheaval she's facing: Claire's son is dropping out of medical school, her struggling maternity clinic is closing down, and a new man has come into her life. Meanwhile, Beatrice is facing changes of her own. Hailed as Deneuve's best role in years, The Midwife is a chance to see two consummate actresses at the top of their game.

Director Biography

French filmmaker Martin Provost spent much of his early career acting in films such as Pentimento (1989) and 20, Ave Parmentier (2002). His first directing credit is the comedy film Tortilla y Cinema (1997). He wrote and directed 2017's The Midwife.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association, TV5MONDE

  • Original Language Title: La Sage Femme
  • Director: Martin Provost
  • Principal Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 117 minutes
  • Producer: Olivier Delbosc
  • Screenplay: Martin Provost
  • Cinematographers: Yves Cape
  • Editors: Albertine Lastera
  • Music: Gregoire Hetzel
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Violette (2013); The Long Falling (2011); Séraphine (2008); Le ventre de Juliette (2003); Tortilla y cinema (1992)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Music Box Films
  • International Sales: Memento Films International