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6 Faces of François Ozon’s Potiche

This set of six domestic French character posters for François Ozon’s Potiche (featuring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Lucchini, Karin Viard, Jérémie Renier and Judith Godreche) sells the film as a non-highbrow comedy, and is perhaps the first indication as to why Cannes was less welcoming to include the film in their main comp. Ozon was probably amongst the first to land spots in Venice and Toronto.

This set of six domestic French character posters for François Ozon’s Potiche (featuring Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Lucchini, Karin Viard, Jérémie Renier and Judith Godreche) sells the film as a non-highbrow comedy, and is perhaps the first indication as to why Cannes was less welcoming to include the film in their main comp. Ozon was probably amongst the first to land spots in Venice and Toronto. 

François Ozon Potiche Posters

In 1977 in a French provincial town, POTICHE is a free adaptation of the 1970s eponymous French hit comic play. Deneuve is Suzanne, a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ (or “potiche,”) who steps in to manage her wealthy husband’s umbrella factory after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. To everyone’s surprise, she proves herself a competent and assertive woman of action. But when her husband returns from a restful cruise in top form, things get complicated. Depardieu plays a union leader and Suzanne’s former beau who still holds a flame for her.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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