Release date15 March 1995 (1995-03-15) WriterAlain Le Henry, Regis Wargnier CastEmmanuelle Béart (Jeanne), Daniel Auteuil (Louis), Samuel Le Bihan (Henri), Jean-Claude Brialy (Arnoult), Geneviève Casile (Solange), Jean-Noël Brouté (Marc) Similar moviesDirected by Regis Wargnier, Emmanuelle Beart movies, Dramas
A French Woman (French: Une femme française) is a 1995 French drama film directed by Régis Wargnier.
Shortly after marrying Louis (Daniel Auteuil), a French militar officer, Jeanne (Emmanuelle Béart) must face solitude as Louis is sent to fight in World War II. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne gets involved on different affairs with his husband's comrades-in-arms. When he finally returns home and finds out about his wife's cheating, he forgives her and offers her freedom, but she refuses to accept and they come back together. Looking for a new life, the family (now with two twins) move to Berlin, where Jeanne meets Matthias, a German industrialist who falls in love with her. A third child is born and shortly after, Louis is summoned to the First Indochina War, forcing his family to return to France.
During his husband's absence, Jeanne gets involved in an affair with Matthias, who has followed her to France. They try to escape with the children but their attempt is frustrated by Louis' brother. Louis returns home and, in an attempt to get Matthias out of her life, Jeanne uses her influence to move the family to Damascus. Despite her apparent success, she asks Matthias to go to Damascus and take her with him. When he shows up, Louis fights him but is severely injured by Jeanne. The family returns to France, where Louis is asked to fight in Algeria. Haunted by loneliness and despair, Jeanne once again finds Matthias, but he breaks up with her for good. Louis returns and meets his family, but he has to part again. During his absence, Jeanne dies without a cause, but he later finds in her purse a newspaper clipping informing of Matthias' death.
Emmanuelle Béart as Jeanne
Daniel Auteuil as Louis
Gabriel Barylli as Mathias Behrens
Jean-Claude Brialy as Arnoult
Geneviève Casile as Solange
Michel Etcheverry as Charles
Laurence Masliah as Helene
Jean-Noël Brouté as Marc
Isabelle Guiard as Mathilde
François Caron as Andre
Maria Fitzi as Liseul
Samuel Le Bihan as Henri
Pierre Cassignard as The Inspector
19th Moscow International Film Festival
Silver St. George for the Direction: Régis Wargnier
Silver St. George (Best Actor): Gabriel Barylli
Silver St. George (Best Actress): Emmanuelle Béart