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Legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve plays Bernadette Chirac in this uproarious comedy based on actual events.
1995, Jacques Chirac is elected President of the French Republic. When Bernadette Chirac steps into the Elysée, she's ready for the recognition she's earned, having tirelessly supported her husband's journey to the presidency. Instead, she finds herself set aside and brushed off as old-fashioned, cold and sour-tempered. With the help of her chief of staff, Bernard Niquet (Denis Podalydès, Rise, AF FFF23) Bernadette embarks on a campaign to restore her reputation and assert her role as first lady.
In her debut film, documentarian Léa Domenach skilfully blurs the lines between fact and fiction, presenting a captivating portrait of an unexpected feminist icon. The President's Wife is a delightful tapestry of satire, whimsical musical numbers, and vibrant visuals, offering a heart-warming celebration of Bernadette Chirac's resilience and wit.
You will find yourself smiling, laughing, and empathising with this delightful character, flawlessly personified by the wonderful Deneuve. The President's Wife is a must-see in this year’s lineup!
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Catherine Deneuve, Sara Giraudeau, Denis Podalydès, Laurent Stocker, Michel Vuillermoz
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