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The Children of the Century (1999)
"Les enfants du siècle" (original title)

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Aimée d'Alton
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Gustave Planche
Arnaud Giovaninetti ...
Alfred Tattet
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Olivier Foubert ...
Paul de Musset
Marie-France Mignal ...
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Larive
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Hermine de Musset
Victoire Thivisol ...
Solange (as Victoire)
Julien Léal ...
Maurice
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The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content of her writing. Though Sand (otherwise known as the Baroness Dudevant) smoked cigars and cross-dressed, it was the boldness of her writing on issues such as the abstinence of marriage and women's frigidity that most contributed to the scandalous reputation she earned in French literary circles. When she met Alfred de Musset, the most gifted poet of his generation, the two quickly became a public cause celebrity while their work would go on to become some of the finest examples of 19th century romanticism. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$8,044 (USA) (13 September 2002)

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$54,912 (USA) (27 December 2002)
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The film was shot in the actual rooms in the Hotel Danieli which Sand and Musset stayed in. See more »

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George Sand: Love does exist, it's not an illusion. One merely has to recognise it, and be humble before it.
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Romantic Period Drama
2 January 2002 | by (living room) – See all my reviews

Contrary to its title, this is not a movie about children in an unnamed century. Instead this movie is about the love/hate relationship between French writers Alfred Musset and George Sand. They are two souls who have a mutual and affectionate understanding of one another until a voyage to Italy reveals their true nature. Passion, envy, trust, betrayal and forgiveness are all brilliantly encompassed in the relationship between Musset and Sand.

I enoyed this movie, though some may find it dull and slow. You may need to be a die-hard romantic or like well-costumed period dramas to watch this movie. My harshest criticism for this film would be that of it's length and even though I enjoyed the turbulent relationship shown in this film, there were times when I thought that their affair had ended for good only for them to reconcile a few scenes later.

This movie is handsomely photographed with wonderful costumes by Christian LaCroix and most magnificent of all, the actors don't seem like they're acting at all. Juliette Binoche is spectacular, both beauitful and natural in her potrayal of Sand. Benoit Magimel is splendid as Alfred Musset. Don't expect historical accuracy, and if you're a romantic at heart, you will not be disappointed.


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