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Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999)

Balzac (original title)
Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his ... See full summary »

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Charlotte-Laure
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Madame de Berny
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Laure d'Abrantès
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Maitre Plissoud
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Sergio Rubini ...
François Marthouret ...
Docteur Nacquart
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Count Hanska
Pascal Vannson ...
Paradis
Hervé Briaux ...
Charles Sedillot
Didier Lesour ...
Surveillant Bossu
Enguerran Demeulenaere ...
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Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his unsuccessful attempts to make money out of printing and publishing books. Balzac never gives up, however - even though his dissolute lifestyle keeps landing him in trouble with his creditors. To finally gain acclaim for his works and to earn enough money to survive, Balzac works like a man possessed, day and night, to the brink of exhaustion, drinking liter upon liter of coffee to keep himself awake. The passionate author also tends to go to excess in affairs of the heart - he has several woman friends at the same time, all of them very different from each other. They include the kind, caring and elderly Madame de Berny, and the egotistical, ambitious Laure d'Abrantès, who introduces Balzac to the salons of upper-class society. Balzac's heart belong to just one person alone, however: Eve Hanska, a ... Written by Anonymous

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He burned with ambition. He lived for passion.


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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »
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23 October 2000 (USA)  »

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Almost Perfect!!
29 September 1999 | by (canada) – See all my reviews

A beautiful cast makes a beautiful film! I recommend looking for this one...I do understand French but even if I didn't, I'm sure this would still be a most enjoyable movie. Acting by Fanny Ardant was especially magnificant. I give this 8/10


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