The Vernon Film Society screens The Midwife at the Vernon Towne Cinema Nov. 13. (Music Box Films image)

French film tells of mending bridges

The Vernon Film Society screens The Midwife Nov. 13 at the Vernon Towne Cinema


The Vernon Film society will be screening The Midwife Monday, Nov. 13 at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

The movie, directed by the award-winning Martin Provost, stars two of France’s most beloved actors – Catherine Deneuve as Beatrice and Catherine Frot as Claire.

Beatrice, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, comes back into Claire’s life when she finds out Claire’s father has died. She wants to make amends for her actions from years ago when she left him after a long time affair.

Claire, a rather uptight midwife who is fully committed to the mothers in her care and concerned about the proposed closing of the facility she works in, leads a very constrained life tending to her garden — her whole life tied up with her work.

Beatrice, in spite of her diagnosis continues to enjoy food, wine and her free spirited life.

Though polar opposites, the way they come to rely on one another is a wonderful study of two women coping with life as best they can.

“Deneuve’s performance, desperate, tough, funny, naked – is ripped from the observation of experience,” Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote of the film. “You feel like Deneuve knows this woman, and we end up knowing her too.”

The Midwife shows at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday, Nov. 13 at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets available at the theatre and the Bean Scene Coffee House for $7 cash only. Rated PG, 117 minutes.

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