A Woman's Life

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In his first novel, French author Guy de Maupassant set out to tackle nothing less than the nature life itself. A new film version called A Woman’s Life tells the story of one particular woman, Jeanne (Judith Chemla), during the late 19th century, but its exploration of the themes of youthful innocence, love, betrayal, forgiveness, motherhood and ageing makes it an epic and always-relatable text. After all, the book’s other title was ‘L’Humble Verite’ – the humble truth that life is full of such contradictions which defy binary definitions of good and bad.