Moody Francois Ozon (Under the Sand, Swimming Pool) enjoyed his biggest commercial success with 8 Women (2002), a delightful comedy-mystery-musical that was set in the 50s and brought together such beloved French screen veterans as Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, and Isabelle Huppert. Following several flops (5×2, Angel, Ricky) he returns with another frothy, brightly colored period comedy, this one set in the 70s and starring Deneuve and fellow icons Gerard Depardieu and Fabrice Luchini. The premise isn’t bad: after a chauvinistic factory owner (Luchini) is taken hostage by his striking workers, his docile wife (Deneuve) fills in as president of the company, encouraged by the union leader (Depardieu), who was once her lover. But the hostage situation is quickly resolved and the movie lapses into a listless romantic triangle. In French with subtitles.