Release date22 November 1978 (1978-11-22) WriterJean-Loup Dabadie (dialogue), Claude Sautet Initial releaseNovember 22, 1978 (France) ScreenplayClaude Sautet, Jean-Loup Dabadie CastRomy Schneider (Marie), Bruno Cremer (Georges), Claude Brasseur (Serge), Arlette Bonnard (Gabrielle), Sophie Daumier (Esther), Eva Darlan (Anna) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, In the Mood for Love, Bed and Board, Little Children, American Beauty, Blood Simple
A Simple Story (French: Une histoire simple) is a 1978 French drama film directed by Claude Sautet. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards. For her role as Marie, Romy Schneider won the 1979 César Award for Best Actress.
Finding herself pregnant at the age of 39, Marie has an abortion without telling her lover Serge, because she has decided she must live without him. Her mother disapproves and so does Gabrielle, one of her workmates. When made redundant, Gabrielle's husband Jérôme takes an overdose but Marie and Gabrielle save his life. To save his job, Marie looks up her ex-husband Georges, who says he will find Jérôme a place. This he does and, when his lover is away, Marie sleeps with him. However, Jérôme's confidence is gone and Georges has to let him go. When he admits this to Marie, she leaves him. After Jérôme in total despair kills himself, Gabrielle moves in with Marie, who finds herself pregnant again, this time by Georges. Going to see him, she realises there is no future with him and says nothing about her state. This time, she tells her workmates, she is going to have and bring up her baby.