Claude Chabrol's The Good Time Girls tells the story of four women: Ginette, Jacqueline, Jane, and Rita, who all work in the same shop for a lecherous supervisor who doesn't live up to his own good standards. Each woman is very different, with the film examining these distinct woman as they navigate their daily lives looking for romance and dream fulfillment. This is a film very much focused on the point of view of woman, with perhaps the greatest attribute of Claude Chabrol's The Good Time Girls being its ability to strip away simplistic, all encompassing notions of what woman want in their lives. Jacqueline is a character who pines for the type of love depicted in movies, searching for that perfect someone who can make her life complete. Jane couldn't be more different, a more permiscious type only interested in finding the next man who can entertain her. Ginette and Rita fall somewhere inbetween, but each and every character is never judged or nor praised, simply presented as a three dimensional character with her own wants and desires. Through the daydreaming, failures, and successes of these four unique characters, The Good Time Girls beautifully illustrates how ones own dreams and desires are often drowned out by the struggles of everyday life, which in this case proves to be a rather scathing commentary on the suppression of the feminine spirit. The Good Time Girls also does a great job at illustrating how so often our own dreams and desires can work against us, blinding us from the potential happiness that can often be right in front of us. Even though we think we know what we want, we can be wrong, and this film illustrates this beautifully. The ending of The Good Time Girls is certainly shocking but necessary to hammer home the suppression of women which takes place in a male-driven world. Claude Chabrol's The Good Time Girls is a film that feels far ahead of its time, examining the lives of four unique woman with great depth and detail.
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