General · 7th December 2011
On Friday, December 9th, Friday Flicks wraps up its fall series with Potiche, 7:45 at the Community Centre (rated 14A).
Adapted from a boulevard comedy by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy, Potiche casts a wry eye over the outrageous sexual and political attitudes of the late 1970s.
Suzanne, (Catherine Deneuve) first appears in a deep pink jogging suit, taking a little exercise in the woods adjoining the family mansion. Yes, Deneuve plays the ageing potiche, a knick-knack adornment to her pompous and dismissive spouse Robert.
Robert is a wrecking ball of right-wing fury who runs his umbrella factory with an iron fist, until his surly workforce goes on strike and his enemy, pinko mayor Maurice Babin (Gérard Depardieu), is brought in to broker a deal. Under this pressure, Robert’s fragile ticker gives out and his Tinkerbell-like trophy wife Suzanne must take the reins.
Simultaneously mocking and revering the look and content of the archetypal ’70s sitcom, ‘Potiche’ takes a ‘wink-wink’ approach to the material with bawdy zingers and pointed political barbs. Ozon further evokes the spirit of the era through kitsch, split-screen editing and by filling the soundtrack with old-school Euro chanteurs like Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday, and even tossing in a bit of Boney M.