The Godmother | D. Jean-Paul Salomé | 105 mins | M | France
In French with English subtitles
French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert once again displays her diverse range and comedic chops with Jean-Paul Salomé’s crime caper The Godmother (La Daronne).
The inimitable Isabelle Huppert stars as a translator-turned-drug dealer in this winning French comedy-drama, based on a best-selling novel by Hannelore Cayre.
Patience Portefeux (Huppert) works for the narcotics unit of the police as a French-Arabic interpreter, and while she’s extremely skilled at her job, her heart’s not really in it. Needing some extra cash to bankroll her mother’s first-class aged care accommodation, she trades in her insider knowledge to score a motherlode of hash. Donning an Hermès scarf and picking up a burner phone, she morphs into The Godmother, a no-nonsense hash empire of one.
Huppert gives a laugh out loud performance as Portefeux, but The Godmother is also a moving and heartfelt drama about female empowerment with Portefeux’s transformation as she dominates her competition in the drug trade and thwarts detection from her colleagues in the police.
“Huppert brings so much chic experience and easygoing chutzpah to the part”
— The Hollywood Reporter
Thursday 3 February
2pm & 6pm
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