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Even if there was nothing of interest in “The Midwife,” the picture provides a chance to spend time with actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, paring two legends of French cinema in a drama that shows particular patience with layers of characterization and offers space for extended dialogue exchanges. Thankfully, there’s plenty of story to feast on in the feature, which takes a closer look at the power (and obsolescence) of personal support, the never-ending process of grief, and soulful revitalization that comes with intimacy, especially the unexpected kind. Writer/director Martin Provost takes special care of his dramatic mission, using Deneuve and Frot in full, relying on their highly seasoned ways to bring life and depth to the screenplay, which offers a sensitive understanding of human behavior, especially the chain-tugging sensation of addiction and the need to connect with another human just to make it through the day. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com

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