Stories ‘based on real life events’ don’t necessarily make for good movies. Three determined midwives at a small hospital in remote Brittany save their maternity unit from closure: a respectable achievement, sidelined here by secondary plots involving regional pride, provincial religiosity, and evenings at the bowling alley where the midwives bond with the prim, outside auditor sent down to optimise hospital operations. Screenplay and characterization are sacrificed to gritty feminist charm and an OTT denouement.
Bowling (Willkommen in der Bretagne) | Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (France 2012) with Catherine Frot, Mathilde Seigner, Firmine Richard. Starts January 31