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Story of Women Details

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The women in this story are the customers of amateur abortionist [[Performer~P34067~Isabelle Huppert~isabellehuppert]]. The time is 1941, and the place is a Nazi-occupied French town. Struggling to survive, [[Performer~P34067~Huppert~isabellehuppert]] turns to illegally terminating unwanted pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, [[Performer~P34067~Huppert~isabellehuppert]] moves her family from their grimy surroundings to a posh apartment, sharing her digs with her new friend, prostitute [[Performer~P71811~Marie Trintignant~marietrintignant]]. Completely seduced by her affluent lifestyle, [[Performer~P34067~Huppert~isabellehuppert]] ignores her shell-shocked husband [[Performer~P13767~Francois Cluzet~françoiscluzet]], preferring to dally with Nazi collaborator Nils Tavernier. Things take a disastrous turn after one of [[Performer~P34067~Huppert~isabellehuppert]]'s "customers" dies and her disgruntled husband turns her over to the authorities. Story of Women was inspired by the real-life tale of Marie-Louise Girard, who in 1943 was executed by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 13, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Isabelle Huppert Volpi Cup for Best Actress 1988 Winner

Crew

Claude Chabrol
Director
Marin Karmitz
Producer
Claude Chabrol
Screenwriter
Colo Tavernier O'Hagan
Screenwriter
Jean Rabier
Cinematographer
Matthieu Chabrol
Composer (Music Score)
Monique Fardoulis
Editor
Francoise Benoit-Fresco
Production Designer
Francoise Benoit-Fresco
Art Director
Corinne Jorry
Costume Designer
Jean-Bernard Thomasson
Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Dupuy
First Assistant Director
Alain Wermus
First Assistant Director
Yvon Crenn
Production Manager
Francis Szpiner
Short Story Author
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