New Release: Potiche DVD and Blu-ray

PoticheThe French comedy Potiche, a satire about the war between the sexes and classes by the prolific François Ozon (Hideaway), arrived on DVD and Blu-ray in the U.S. on July 19, 2011, from Music Box Films.

Potiche DVD boxStarring French film legends Gerard Depardieu (Inspector Bellamy) and Catherine Deneuve (Park Benches), Potiche is a loose adaptation of the popular 1970s French stage play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Gredy (Cactus Flower).

Set in a provincial French town in 1977, the movie tells the story of Suzanne Pujot (Deneuve), who’s the housebound trophy wife of the tyrannical industrialist Robert Pjuol (Fabrice Luchini, Moliere). When the workers go on strike and her husband has a heart attack, Suzanne steps into the manager’s chair and proves herself a very capable woman of action. But when she gets romantically involved with her ex-beau, the union leader (Depardieu), things get complicated.

Incidentally, the title, Potiche, is a French word for a decorative object of little worth that’s kept on a shelf and a belittling French name for a “trophy wife.”

The DVD is priced at $29.95 and Blu-ray at $38.94. Both include these special features:

  • making-of featurette
  • whimsical extra segment
  • spoof trailer.

Check out the film’s trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.