A startling, moving and honest account of life in working class Paris in the mid 19th Century.
Gervaise dreams of starting her own laundry, but Coupeau has an accident and their saving are all spent.
Will Gervaise's dream ever be realised?
Coupeau's drinking is becoming a problem and Gervaise gets into debt.
But she tries to forget her worries with a feast for her birthday.
It's a riot of success until her former lover, Lantier reappears.
A poignant and elegiac conclusion as Coupeau's drinking drives him into hospital, and Gervaise falls further into poverty and despair.