Widow Clicquot (2024)

1h 29m / R / Drama


Set in France during the Napoleonic Wars, the latest from director Thomas Napper (Jawbone) tells the true story of Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, the “Grande Dame of Champagne,” who, at the age of 20, became Madame Clicquot after marrying the scion of a winemaking family. Though their marriage was arranged, a timeless love blossomed between Barbe-Nicole (Haley Bennett, The Girl on the Train, Swallow) and her poetic, unconventional, and erratic husband, François (Tom Sturridge, The Sandman, On the Road).

In the weeds after her spouse’s untimely death, and now a mother, Barbe-Nicole is still enthralled with François’ avant-garde winemaking experiments. Named Veuve (French for widow) at age 27, she is determined to protect her family’s legacy and boldly challenge the men — as well as the government — set on stripping her of her vineyards. Telling the tale in retrospect and reflection over a 10-year span from approximately 1797 to 1807, Widow Clicquot entwines a sparkling story of flourishing female entrepreneurship with an account of doomed lovers whose legacy reverberates in the bubbles.


This screening opened in the Taylor Screening Room, July 19-July 25. These shows are now SOLD OUT.

Due to high demand, additional dates have been added and subsequent screenings will be held in the Historic Duncan Auditorium from Friday, July 26-Thursday, Aug. 1.