For me, "For a Woman" wasn't a particularly satisfying movie, though I'll admit that it's well acted and well made. Why wasn't I a fan of this French film? Well, it's hardly romantic and the story one I didn't particularly enjoy. When the film begins, two grown daughters are going through their dead mother's belongings. In the process, they find intimate items of hers...items which are from an affair many years ago. It seems that Lena and Michel met during the war...and Michel was responsible from saving her from a Nazi death camp. Following the war, the pair married and began a family. Shortly after this, Michel discovers that his brother survived the war and the Jean moves in with them. Eventually, you learn some of Jean's secrets and Jean learns that Lena is ready and waiting for a torrid affair with her brother-in- law. The film seems as if it's trying to be a romance but there are a couple serious problems. First, Michel is a decent guy. Sure, his politics are extreme but he loves his wife...so her cheating on him seems rather sad and sleazy to me. Second, she has sex with her brother-in-law...her brother-in-law!! This is pretty awful as well. So, despite being well made, the film came off (to me) as rather pointless and a tough sell. Additionally, everything in the film is telegraphed and not handled particularly well or with finesse.
For a Woman
For a Woman
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The story of the marriage between Michel and Lena, as told by their daughter Anne, with reflections on the mystery of abiding love.
November 1, 2021