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A Woman’s Life Directed by Stéphane Brizé Opens May 5 A Woman’s Life, a finely calibrated adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant novel Une vie by the French director Stéphane Brizé, eventually goes on to ripen into a scrupulous inventory of indignities, disappointments, and all-too-ephemeral pleasures in the existence of its protagonist, but it nonetheless opens with a pair of scenes that seem to promise for her a horizon of growth and continuity. On a sun-dappled summer’s...
A Woman's Life Directed by Stéphane Brizé February 17, 6:30pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as the Opening Night film of Film Comment Selects Those familiar with Stéphane Brizé’s contemporary morality tale The Measure of a Man may be surprised by his latest film, A Woman’s Life. To be fair, both films show people who are forced to adjust to brutal, unforeseen circumstances. The Measure of a Man, about a worker who is suddenly laid...
The Measure of a Man Directed by Stéphane Brizé Opens April 15 A stressful piece of realism that zeroes in on job-market indignities, the absorbing French film The Measure of a Man follows an out-of-work family man as he scrambles for a foothold in the new economy. Finding his factory-equipment know-how no longer in demand, Thierry Taugourdeau (Vincent Lindon, seen recently in Claire Denis’s nasty Bastards) spends his days in a sort of suspension, trying to brainstorm...
The Measure of a Man screens at 9pm on Thursday, October 8, within the main slate of the 53rd New York Film Festival. Kino Lorber will release the film theatrically in the US. Like last year’s Two Days, One Night, The Measure of a Man is a triumph of realistic cinema, and a dirge for a blue-collar European worker left stranded after a once-solid job has melted away. Co-writer/director Stéphane Brizé often thrusts us into...

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