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      The Midwife

      Released Jul 21, 2017 1h 57m Comedy Drama TRAILER for The Midwife: Trailer 1 List The Midwife: Trailer 1 The Midwife: Trailer 1 1:55 View more videos
      88% Tomatometer 89 Reviews 77% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Claire is a tightly wound midwife who forms an unlikely friendship with Béatrice, her late father's free-spirited mistress. Though polar opposites, the two women come to rely on each other after Béatrice reveals that she has brain cancer. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 16 Buy Now

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      The Midwife takes a rewardingly patient approach to potentially melodramatic material, emerging with a well-acted, emotionally resonant character study.

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      David Stratton The Australian This is a minor French movie but, thanks to its actors, a modestly engaging one. Rated: 3/5 Oct 27, 2017 Full Review Sandra Hall Sydney Morning Herald After sketching the differences between Beatrice and Claire, his script gives the two actresses every incentive to banish any thought of lapsing into stereotype. Rated: 4/5 Oct 25, 2017 Full Review Linda Barnard Toronto Star Predictability can be forgiven with the luminous talents of Catherine Deneuve and riveting Catherine Frot (Marguerite) as long-estranged women reunited in writer/director Martin Provost's drama. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 29, 2017 Full Review Michael J. Casey Michael J. Cinema It takes some time for 'The Midwife' to get there, and when it does, it does so quietly. But with Deneuve and Frot as traveling companions, at least you know the destination will be worth it. Rated: 3/5 Apr 28, 2021 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter When does a soap-opera-style plot transcend its seedy origins and deserve to be taken seriously? Jun 5, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell Becomes a tizzy of increasingly milquetoast sketches. Rated: 2/5 Oct 10, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Robin h Nothing earth shattering, but it definitely delivers what you're probably hoping for: a sweet, comforting, sincere film with Catherine Deneuve in it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/29/17 Full Review Audience Member Great French film starring two great French actresses. There are scenes of women having babies and sweet shots of their first moments with their babies, but the film is more about the relationship between two estranged women. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Boring! And way too long. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review parrish h A must-see for Catherine Deneuve fans. In her mid-70s she looks fabulous and plays an outrageous character that doesn't seem far from how I imagine her real self. Small story about an unusual relationship. The other lead is a midwife, but that's just background. A plus however as we see lots of births and newborns. Film is very engaging. I was surprised to find we had been watching for two hours. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Superb acting, yes, but also extraordinary writing, direction and photography. It's been a while since I enjoyed a movie this much. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member The distinct minority of The Midwife reviews that are negative generally find the movie treacly and thin and the ending contrived (conclusions I disagree with strongly). But they also uniformly find that the only reason to see it is the strong performances from the leads. Granted, for the sake of argument, that their criticisms have validity, why wouldn't the opportunity to see a tour de force duel between two of our best actresses, Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve, rate a fresh tomato on its own? That factor would place this movie above 90% of this year's meager offerings for me! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Claire is a tightly wound midwife who forms an unlikely friendship with Béatrice, her late father's free-spirited mistress. Though polar opposites, the two women come to rely on each other after Béatrice reveals that she has brain cancer.
      Martin Provost
      Christine De Jekel
      Martin Provost, Martin Provost
      Music Box Films
      Production Co
      Curiosa Films, Versus Production, France 3 Cinéma
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 21, 2017, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 17, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 57m
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