Marion Cotillard scores a ten in Nine as Guido Contini's demure wife Luisa, who is humiliated time and again by her roving-eyed husband.
Every wife who has ever been hurt by an errant husband will recognise the particularly private pain Marion evokes.
She gets to sing two numbers - My Husband Makes Movies (To Make Them He Lives A Kind Of Dream) and then the killer new song Take It All, written by Maury Yeston, which she performs while doing a slinky striptease.
Guido's fantasies have turned into nightmares and Take It All is how he imagines his wife taking her revenge on him.
'Luisa keeps things inside - she's an actress, too.
'She has things inside her that have to come out,' Marion explained.
'The anger is everything but sexy: it's fury, it's sadness, so my reference was her pain.'