The Midwife

BBFC Classification: 12A - Suitable for 12 years and over
Year: 2017
Director: Martin Provost
Performers: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet
Genre: Drama
Duration: 117 mins
BBFC Advice: Contains infrequent brief nudity, surgical detail
French with subtitles

Patricia CrawfordFilm

Claire is a midwife in her late 40s who approaches her own life with the same unflappable calm with which she oversees the births of others. It’s a way of living that has settled into routine and self-denial. Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve) meanwhile, has never seen the point of denying herself pleasure. She chomps lasciviously on steaks and slurps red wine while Claire, a teetotal vegetarian, toys with a green salad. The two women reconnect when Béatrice, the former mistress of Claire’s father, turns up out of the blue with a terminal disease and an account to settle.