This is an uplifting tale about friendship between two women independent spirits before feminism came into vogue who do not compete or threaten each other on any level.
During World War II, Madeleine's (Miou-Miou) young art school husband is accidentally shot by the Nazis. Lena (Isabelle Huppert) is liberated from a concentration camp by marrying Michel (Guy Marchand), a soldier who falls in love with her on first sight. They flee across the Alps to safety.
In 1952, the two women meet at a school function. Madeleine, who now has a son, is married to Costa (Jean-Pierre Bacri), a struggling hustler who can't find a job that suits him. Lena has two daughters, and Michel's auto repair business is doing very well. The two women strike up a friendship and find in each other those qualities lacking in their husbands.
Kury's new film has the same fluidity, light comic touches, and well-delineated character portraits of her two earlier works, Peppermint Soda and Cocktail Molotov. She draws out mature, rounded and thoroughly satisfying performances from Miou-Miou and Isabelle Huppert. When the two leave their husbands and strike out for an unknown future together, we wish them well. They are feminist pioneers.