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Plot, Details & Awards

Story of Women

In Theaters 10/13/1989 , 110min.
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Plot & Details

The women in this story are the customers of amateur abortionist Isabelle Huppert. The time is 1941, and the place is a Nazi-occupied French town. Struggling to survive, Huppert turns to illegally terminating unwanted pregnancies for a hefty fee. As her income increases, Huppert moves her family from their grimy surroundings to a posh apartment, sharing her digs with her new friend, prostitute Marie Trintignant. Completely seduced by her affluent lifestyle, Huppert ignores her shell-shocked husband Francois Cluzet, preferring to dally with Nazi collaborator Nils Tavernier. Things take a disastrous turn after one of Huppert's "customers" dies and her disgruntled husband turns her over to the authorities. Story of Women was inspired by the real-life tale of Marie-Louise Girard, who in 1943 was executed by the Vichy Government, who'd declared abortion as a Crime Against the State because it diminished the number of potential soldiers.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 New York Film Critics Circle Best Foreign Film Won

Venice International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1988 Venice International Film Festival Volpi Cup for Best Actress Isabelle Huppert Won

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