A hit at last year’s Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, How to Be a Good Wife is a sparkling satire that provides a charming vehicle for the ever-luminous Juliette Binoche. It’s 1967, and the seeds of revolution are being sown at Van der Beck’s School of Housekeeping and Good Manners in the picturesque countryside of Alsace, France. A prim and proper all-girls boarding school dedicated to transforming its pupils into perfect housewives, it’s run by Paulette (Binoche) and her husband Robert. When Robert passes away unexpectedly, the dire financial state of the institution is revealed to Paulette, leading her to embark on a journey of self-discovery, challenged beliefs, and a rekindled romance in the reappearance of old flame André (Édouard Baer).
★★★★ “Binoche is brilliant. Colourful, happy, romantic and surprisingly modern” — Elle