Film show: Catherine Deneuve brings humour to former French first lady Bernadette Chirac
15 October 2023 | 11:17 am
Renowned for her stuffy, old world attitude, the wife of former French president Jacques Chirac gets the comedic treatment in "Bernadette", starring Catherine Deneuve as the eponymous first lady. FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson describes it as "a joyful comedy anchored in French political history" including behind-the-scenes political dealings and a style makeover from Karl Lagerfeld.
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