Les Destinees Movie Review 2000

Information and Film Reviews for Les Destinees the Movie

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Lavish, sprawling, but emotionally flat costume drama follows forty years in the life of Jean Barnery. Jean, a Protestant minister, finds that his wife, Nathalie, has been unfaithful and sends her, along with their daughter Aline away. After he meets, and falls in love with the independent Pauline, his estranged wife, World War I, the call to return to his family's porcelain business, and the Wall Street crash impose themselves into Jean and Pauline's life. Film is technically and visually impressive, but a lack of any real spark (except when Huppert is onscreen) and the film's length combine to blunt its impact. Based on the novel by Jacques Chardonne.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 174 minutes.
Originally from French, Swiss.

Cast and Crew

Marriage, Divorce, Religion, Dads, France, Period Piece: 1900s, Period Piece: 1920s, World War I, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews
Olivier Assayas, Jacques Fieschi
Charles Berling, Emmanuelle Beart, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Perrier, Dominique Reymond, Andre Marcon, Alexandra London, Julie Depardieu
Eric Gautier
Olivier Assayas
Guillaume Lekeu
Jean-Claude Laureaux, Luc Barnier, Anais Romand, Katia Wyszkop
Bruno Pesery, Arena Films, TF-1 Films, CAB Productions

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