In our western societies, life expectancy has increased by 25 years on average. Thus, menopause is becoming a reality for a larger number of women and is revealing a major transformation in our society.
Women without a pause is a documentary which shows women above the age of 45 from all over the world. In Japan, the country with the longest life-expectancy, through to France, Spain, Ecuador and all the way to Tanzania, we will meet mothers, wives, working women, housewives, professionals, grandmothers and gynaecologists. The “menopausal woman” in our society is often synonymous with emotional weakness, depression, anxiety and irritation. Fat, ugly and sick...it is therefore not surprising that a woman who reaches this important stage of her vital cycle, refuses to acknowledge this inescapable change.
There has never been made a documentary comparing this period of menopause in different cultures. And, for the first time, here is a film showing the different ways a woman feels in this moment of her life. But women do not live alone: husbands, children, brothers and friends also appear in this documentary talking about women and, in many cases confirming that they live this period in silence.