Potiche is a french film about a married woman (Catherine Deneuve) who suddenly realizes she has unwittingly been slipped into the role of trophy wife good for little more than writing poetry and making sure her husband (Fabrice Luchini) remembers to take his vitamins. Her husband is the boss of an umbrella company that her father founded. In the wake of a labor dispute, the husband is forced to leave the country with his wife reluctantly accepting the responsibility of running the company while he’s gone. Unlike her authoritarian husband, her approach is more compassionate and she sees the workers as real human beings. She remembers how well they were treated by her father when he was alive and running the company. The film, set in the 1970′s, tackles issues of status such as bourgeois versus proletariat and husband versus wife. The events that unfold are inspirational and a joy to watch.