I watched two French films recently.
This film a a very powerful heartbreaking story about what people will do to survive and thrive under harsh conditions. Isabelle Huppert is magnificent as the anti heroine of this movie, I say 'anti heroine' because it's hard to like her character since she uses and abuses people on her way to making sure she and her kids are taken care of no matter what. Huppert is beautiful, brittle, and in the depths of self delusion in this film. She does whatever it takes to be on top, no matter who she hurts or accidentally kills, it's all about her. Right up until they execute her for crimes against the state, she thinks that she might still be set free because she's a pretty woman with a tiny bit of talent. Her delusions are heartbreaking, her relationship with her husband is heartbreaking, the toll her favors take on innocents around her is heartbreaking, and how it all affects her kids is heartbreaking.
But for all the heartbreak and bad behavior, this film is a must see. It's haunting and incredibly well acted, shot, and directed. It's a modern masterpiece.