Fall Film Series 2017 – The Midwife

Thursday October 12, 2017
7:00 pm
Paramount Theatre

The Midwife (French: Sage femme) is a 2017 drama film directed by Martin Provost. It was screened out of competition at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival.

Claire is a midwife in a maternity hospital. She is humane and helpful and gives herself entirely to her patients. But for all that her life is not a bed of roses. Her hospital is about to close its doors and the devoted woman is determined not to work in the new modern hospital she regards as a “baby factory”. Her personal life is no triumph either: she is single and does not make friends easily. To make matters worse, her student son Simon is gradually leaving home, as he is developing a relationship with his new sweetheart Lucie. It is the moment that chooses Béatrice, her dead father’s former mistress, to resurface. The eccentric, spendthrift, sensual, amoral woman (Claire’s exact opposite in fact) is really the last kind of person she needs to mix with. But Béatrice soon informs her that she suffers from brain cancer and she has nobody else to turn to. Torn between rejection and duty, what is Claire going to do ? Written by Guy Bellinger

Directed by Martin Provost
Produced by Olivier Delbosc
Jacques-Henri Bronckart
Olivier Bronckart
Written by Martin Provost
Starring Catherine Frot
Catherine Deneuve
Release date
  • 14 February 2017 (Berlin)
  • 22 March 2017 (France)
Running time
117 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $8 million
Box office $5.4 million[1]