A Simple Story (1978 film)

A Simple Story (French: Une histoire simple) is a 1978 French drama film directed by Claude Sautet. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 52nd Academy Awards.[1] For her role as Marie, Romy Schneider won the 1979 César Award for Best Actress.

A Simple Story
Film poster
Directed byClaude Sautet
Produced byHorst Wendlandt
Written byJean-Loup Dabadie
Claude Sautet
StarringRomy Schneider
Music byPhilippe Sarde
CinematographyJean Boffety
Edited byJacqueline Thiédot
France 3 Cinéma
Renn Productions
Rialto Film
Sara Films
Société Française de Production
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 22 November 1978 (1978-11-22)
Running time
107 minutes
West Germany


Finding herself pregnant at the age of 39, Marie has an abortion without telling her lover Serge, because she has decided she must live without him. Her mother disapproves and so does Gabrielle, one of her workmates. When made redundant, Gabrielle's husband Jérôme takes an overdose but Marie and Gabrielle save his life. To save his job, Marie looks up her ex-husband Georges, who says he will find Jérôme a place. This he does and, when his lover is away, Marie sleeps with him. However, Jérôme's confidence is gone and Georges has to let him go. When he admits this to Marie, she leaves him. After Jérôme in total despair kills himself, Gabrielle moves in with Marie, who finds herself pregnant again, this time by Georges. Going to see him, she realises there is no future with him and says nothing about her state. This time, she tells her workmates, she is going to have and bring up her baby.


See also


  1. "The 52nd Academy Awards (1980) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2013-06-08.
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