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Director puts femmes to the fore by Richard Mowe

Director puts femmes to the fore by Richard Mowe

In the driving seat: Yolande Moreau (behind left), Noémie Lvovsky and Juliette Binoche (front) in How To Be A Good Wife by Martin Provost Photo: UniFrance

As a mere male, director Martin Provost has demonstrated his feminist credentials long before Me Too made it fashionable and politic to do so. In Séraphine, winner of seven Césars (the French Oscars) he explored the life of an outsider artist unforgettably incarnated by Yolande Moreau. With The Midwife (Sage Femme) he united Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve as they confront life’s shifting sands. En route there was also his portrait of writer Violette Leduc with Emmanuelle Devos as the contemporary and protegé of Simone de Beauvoir.

Martin Provost: "My strong feminist streak comes from my mother. She was more important in my life than my father …” Photo: UniFrance

Provost’s new film How To Be A Good Wife is distinctly different and

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