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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France / Belgium

Martin Provost’s How To Be A Good Wife approaches end of filming

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- Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau, Noémie Lvovsky, Edouard Baer and François Berléand are in the cast. A Les Films du Kiosque production sold by Memento

Martin Provost’s How To Be A Good Wife approaches end of filming
Actresses Juliette Binoche, Yolande Moreau and Noémie Lvovsky

Final stretch for the shoot of Martin Provost’s How To Be A Good Wife (La Bonne Épouse), which began on 3 July and will end on 30 August. The cast of the seventh feature by the filmmaker (noted for Séraphine [+see also:
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— winner of seven César awards, including Best Film, in 2009 — and out of competition in Berlin in 2017 with The Midwife [+see also:
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which attracted 700,000 admissions in France) features Juliette Binoche (Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1997 and Best Actress nominee in 2001, Best Actress in Cannes in 2010, in Berlin in 1997, and in Venice in 1993, noted recently in High Life [+see also:
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and Who You Think I Am [+see also:
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, soon in cinemas with The Truth [+see also:
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and Le quai de Ouistreham), Belgian actress Yolande Moreau (winner of the Best Actress César in 2005 and 2009 for When The Sea Rises and Séraphine [+see also:
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, notable in I Feel Good [+see also:
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and Rebels [+see also:
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, and just out of filming Les Sans-dents), Noémie Lvovsky (nominated for the Best Actress César award in 2013 for Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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and six times, since 2002, for the Best Supporting Actress César award; in cinemas on October 30 in Play; just out of filming Teddy), Edouard Baer (nominated for the Best Actor César award in 2019 for Mademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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, seen this year in Battle of the Classes [+see also:
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) and François Berléand (winner of the Best Supporting Actor César award in 2000 for Ma petite entreprise, nominated in 2003 and 2005 for Anything You Say and The Chorus [+see also:
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).

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Written by the director together with Séverine Werba, the story is set in the 1960s in the French region Alsace. The local housekeeping school aims to make ideal housewives of its young students. Keeping house and fulfilling their marital duty without flinching — it is what director Paulette Van der Beck (Binoche), together with her sister-in-law Gilberte (Moreau) and her sister Marie-Thérèse (Lvovsky), teaches with fervour. But on the eve of May 1968, she will see all her certainties falter. Is it the return of her first love (Baer) or the air of freedom blowing over France that troubles her so? What if this good wife finally became a free woman?

Produced by François Kraus and Denis Pineau-Valencienne for Les Films du Kiosque, How To Be A Good Wife is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Orange Studio, Memento Films, and Belgian company Umedia. Pre-bought by France 3, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also supported by the Ile-de-France and Grand Est regions where the shoot is taking place, with Guillaume Schiffman as Director of Photography. French distributions will be handled by Memento while Imagine Films Distribution will take care of releases in Benelux. International sales are handled by Memento.

It is worth noting that Les Films du Kiosque unveiled, in May, Nicolas BedosLa Belle Époque [+see also:
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out of competition in Cannes (French release is set for 6 November) where they had presented, the previous year, Andréa Bescond’s and Éric Métayer’s Little Tickles [+see also:
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in Un Certain Regard.

(Translated from French)

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