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Catherine Deneuve out of competition in Sage Femme Video Highlights | Berlinale 2017

Martin Provost (Director, Screenwriter)
Catherine Deneuve (Actress)
Olivier Delbosc (Producer)
Catherine Frot (Actress)
Moderation: Robert Fischer
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Claire is a single mother with a grown-up son. She’s a dedicated midwife who is completely wrapped up in her job. Although the maternity ward where she works is to be closed, she turns down a job offer from a larger clinic because she cannot reconcile their methods with her own ideas about midwifery. In the midst of all this upheaval she receives a phone call that rekindles memories of her youth. Béatrice, her late father’s former mistress, asks to meet her. Béatrice is a true bohemian – loud, colourful, egocentric and completely different to the focussed, helpful Claire. The younger woman asks herself why, after all these years of silence, Béatrice has suddenly decided to approach her for help, and is at first less than enthusiastic.
Martin Provost has made a name for himself with powerful portraits of women (Séraphine, Violette). Sage Femme revolves around the encounter between two headstrong women, perfectly cast with two of French cinema’s grandes dames. A dramatic comedy about the need for change, and the question of whether steak, pommes frites and red wine is really what one would call a healthy lunch.

Martin Provost

France / Belgium 2017


117 min · Colour


Catherine Frot (Claire)
Catherine Deneuve (Béatrice)
Olivier Gourmet (Paul)
Quentin Dolmaire (Simon)
Mylène Demongeot (Rolande)


  • Written and directed by
  • Martin Provost
  • Director of Photography
  • Yves Cape
  • Editor
  • Albertine Lastera
  • Music
  • Grégoire Hetzel
  • Sound Design
  • Ingrid Ralet
  • Sound
  • Brigitte Taillandier
  • Production Design
  • Thierry François
  • Costumes
  • Bethsabée Dreyfus
  • Assistant Director
  • Juliette Maillard
  • Casting
  • Brigitte Moidon
  • Production Manager
  • Christophe Desenclos
  • Producer
  • Olivier Delbosc
  • Executive Producer
  • Emilien Bignon
  • Co-producers
  • Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart
  • Co-production
  • Versus Production, Liège
    France 3 Cinéma, Paris


Martin Provost

Born in Brest, France in 1959, this director and writer began his career as a film and stage actor. He was a member of the Comédie-Française before devoting his career exclusively to writing and directing. He published several novels and made two short films before presenting his debut feature as a director with Tortilla y cinema. He gained international renown with Séraphine which won seven Césars.


1990 J'ai peur du noir; short film, writer and director 1992Cocon; short film, writer and director 1997 Tortilla y cinema; writer and director 2003 Le ventre de Juliette; co-writer and director 2008 Séraphine; co-writer and director 2011 Où va la nuit (The Long Falling); co-writer and director 2013 Violette; co-writer and director 2017 Sage femme

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