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Potiche, François Ozon, 102 mins (15)

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Potiche (15)

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Gielgud, London <br/> The Knot of the Heart, Almeida, London <br/> The Holy Rosenbergs, NT Cottesloe, London

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Gielgud Theatre, London

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