The Woman Who Dared (1944 film)

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The Woman Who Dared
Le Ciel est a vous -- movie poster.jpg
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Directed by Jean Grémillon
Written by Albert Valentin
Charles Spaak
Produced by Raoul Ploquin
Starring Madeleine Renaud
Charles Vanel
CinematographyRoger Arrignon
Louis Page
Edited by Louisette Hautecoeur
Music by Roland Manuel
Release date
Running time
105 minutes

The Woman Who Dared (French title: Le Ciel est à vous) (English: The Sky is Yours) is a 1944 French drama film directed by Jean Grémillon and starring Madeleine Renaud and Charles Vanel. [1] In April 2019, a restored version of the film was selected to be shown in the Cannes Classics section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. [2]



The mechanic Pierre Gauthier runs his own garage until he gets disappropriated because his grounds are required for a new airport. Together with his wife Thérèse, their two children and his moody mother-in-law he has to move. Due to his friendly nature he renders all kinds of services to everybody who asks him for a favour. When he helps a businessman whose car has broken down in the middle of the night, he and his wife are offered a new job, managing an auto dealership and service business in another town. Thérèse takes the new job on a trial basis, leaving Pierre to care for their children. During her absence, Pierre, an ex WWI flyer, returns to his love for aviation and neglects his work and family. When Thérèse returns, there is conflict until eventually she too discovers the joy of aviation and learns to understand Pierre. After they mutually struggle to follow their dream of aviation success, Thérèse decides to attempt to break a long-distance flight record, and succeeds.


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  1. "The Woman Who Dared". Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  2. "Cannes Classics 2019". Festival de Cannes. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.