in about 100 words or less
France 108m, Colour
Director: Claude Chabrol; Cast: Isabelle Huppert, François Cluzet, Nils Tavernier
Story of Women is a tragic wartime drama based on the true story of Marie-Louise Giraud who performed abortions during the Nazi occupation of France and was executed in 1943 after one of her procedures causes the death of a client. This is a dark story of an unlikable woman whose best intentions turn to opportunity, financial gain and an escape from her loveless marriage. Reported to the authorities out of jealousy and betrayal, her death sentence became a matter of national significance, serving as an example of “moral restoration” to a defeated nation (Klaus Ming October 2016).