Mistral's Daughter (1984)

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Series cast summary:
 Maggy Lunel (4 episodes, 1984)
 Kate Browning (4 episodes, 1984)
 Julien Mistral (4 episodes, 1984)
 Adrien Avigdor (4 episodes, 1984)
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ...
 Fauve (4 episodes, 1984)
 Jason Darcy (3 episodes, 1984)
 Perry Kilkullen (3 episodes, 1984)
 Paula Deslandes (3 episodes, 1984)
 Teddy Lunel (3 episodes, 1984)
 Frank (3 episodes, 1984)
Pierre Malet ...
 Eric Avigdor (3 episodes, 1984)
Alexandra Stewart ...
 Mary Jane Kilkullen (3 episodes, 1984)
 Lally Longbridge (3 episodes, 1984)


Beautiful and naïve Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris completely broke. She becomes an artist's model and the toast of Paris, attracting the attention of Picasso-like painter Julien Mistral, an arrogant and selfish man who places his work above everything. Their paths diverge as Mistral's art catches the eye of a rich American woman who becomes his patroness and eventually his wife. During the war years in France, Mistral collaborates with the Nazis in order to continue with his work, a decision that will come back to haunt him years later. In the meantime, Maggy has a daughter named Teddy who grows up and falls in love with Mistral with whom she has a child named Fauve. As Mistral ages, he comes to terms with his selfish past and wartime betrayal through his art, leaving a beautiful legacy for his daughter, Fauve. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

24 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'amour en héritage  »

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Lavish eye-candy entertainment
19 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A cozy up to the fire kind of flick for a rainy day blubber-fest. The "mistral" a wild, hot wind that blows for weeks in parts of Greece and Italy, this epic tale blows likewise, with the fiery passion of a true "romantic". Yes, Stephanie Powers is probably the only woman who could have pulled off the age span, and she does it very well.

But once Timothy Dalton took over the screen all else paled. Talk about wild and hot, this man could make any woman burn! When Dalton leaves the stage the movie begins to go downhill for those of us who love to look at that gorgeous face! If Judith Krantz knew T.D. would have been playing him, I would like to think she would have kept him around longer. But alas, the plot did not, so to speak. My enthusiasm began to wane even though the heroine's life didn't.

Mistral himself comes off as what he is, an egocentric, artistic cad, well done by Stacey Keach. You do begin to despise the man. Loved the story, and the scenery was breath-taking enough to make me want to hop a plane for France, just to travel the countryside and see what Krantz saw when she wrote it.

The artworks depicted in the film were striking, and one could almost believe to find them in some gallery in New York or Chicago. All in all, a chick-flick, but one worth re-visiting on a lonely day.

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