The film adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s literary work highlights the reflection of a patriarchal society that weighed on the emancipation of women in the 19th century.

Honoré de Balzac is honored in an eponymous film directed by Marc Dugain. In this adaptation, the spectators will be able to (re) discover the moving story of the young Eugenie Grandet who began in Saumur in the 1830s. In love with freedom and controlled by a miserly patriarch, this young heroine who castigates the paternal attitude to a time when the rights of women are non-existent, will do everything to achieve freedom.

In his adaptation, Marc Dugain wanted to show the reality experienced by women in the Balzac era: “Balzac was a feminist and had a very strong awareness of the condition of women of his time, which was terrifying”. To do this, he also had to adapt the text dating from the 19th century. “Marc found this very subtle path between an old language and a more modern language,” explains Joséphine Japy, who plays the lead role. The film hits theaters on Wednesday, September 29. By the way, this is not the only adaptation of a Balzac novel to hit theaters. In one month Lost Illusions, directed by Xavier Giannoli will be available on screens.

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