His Wife

Friday, March 7

North American premiere

(Son épouse) In Michel Spinosa’s emotional, superbly acted drama, a widower named Joseph (Yvan Attal) travels to India to meet Gracie (Janagi), a young Tamil newlywed who knew his late wife, Catherine (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and whose erratic behavior suggests that she may be possessed by the dead woman. Soon enough, Joseph’s journey to the small village near Pondicherry where Gracie lives unveils itself to be not only a form of tribute to Catherine but also a bid for forgiveness. Spinosa (who co-wrote Rendez-Vous 2013 selection Renoir) coaxes magnetic, complex performances from Attal and especially Janagi, who is a revelation as a woman under the influence – of grief and even more mysterious forces.

Tickets still available for Mar 12 screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

  • Country France/India/Belgium
  • Language In English, French and Tamil with English subtitles
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 108 minutes
  • Director Michel Spinosa