Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve star in the French film The Midwife, which shows Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve star in the French film The Midwife, which shows Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Film navigates towards forgiveness

The Midwife shows at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Salmar Classic Theatre.

The Shuswap Film Society presents The Midwife, a tale of loss, love and forgiveness.

As Claire (Catherine Frot) nears her 50th birthday she finds her world in upheaval: Professionally, the maternity hospital where she works as a midwife is about to close it’s doors and Claire is determined not to work in an impersonal modern facility.

Personally, she has long been single and doesn’t know how to respond to her neighbour’s romantic gestures, while her son Simon announces he is leaving medical school to build a life with his girlfriend Lucie.

At this already tempestuous time in her life, Claire is suddenly contacted by her father’s former mistress Beatrice (Catherine Deneuve), a colourfully irresponsible woman who indulges in all the finer things in life; they are opposites in every way.

Claire’s suspicion that Beatrice wants something from her are soon confirmed when Beatrice confides she is ill and has no one else to turn to.

Torn between rejection and a nurturing instinct, director and writer Martin Provost (Seraphine) delivers a beautiful character study as Claire does her best to navigate her way back to love and forgiveness.

The Midwife shows at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Salmar Classic Theatre.