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Les destinées (2000)
"Les destinées sentimentales" (original title)

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In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife - and more talk when he decides to take her... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pauline Pommerel
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Jean Barnery
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Nathalie Barnery
Olivier Perrier ...
Philippe Pommerel
Dominique Reymond ...
Julie Desca
André Marcon ...
Paul Desca
Alexandra London ...
Louise Desca
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Marcelle
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ...
Arthur Pommerel
Valérie Bonneton ...
Arthur Pommerel's wife
Pascal Bongard ...
Vouzelles
Didier Flamand ...
Guy Barnery
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ...
Frédéric Barnery
Nicolas Pignon ...
Bavouzet
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Fernande
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In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife - and more talk when he decides to take her back. By this time he has been drawn to Pauline, niece of a Cognac distiller, and this precipitates him divorcing his wife, settling on her and his daughter the shares he owns in his family's porcelain factory. He resigns the ministry, marries Pauline, and moves to Switzerland and a tranquil life. On the death of his father he agrees to return home to save the factory, knowing the problems it will bring will change his life completely. So it proves, with service in the Great War having a further profound impact on him and those around him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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12 July 2000 (France)  »

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$12,367 (USA) (5 April 2002)

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$230,300 (USA) (20 December 2002)
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slow moving but extremely well done
16 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This film isn't exactly about the most exciting topic, china from Limoges, France, though it turned out to be a dandy film. It's a very lengthy film (almost 3 hours) that takes a very leisurely stroll through the adult life of a husband and wife--chronicling the husband's assumption of control of a family business and the ensuing ups and downs of this business. Once again, I know this doesn't sound very good to watch, but it is--particularly if you don't mind a long movie. I especially liked the way the characters changed throughout the film and the message the film gives that you cannot lose sight of your loved ones on your way to fortune.

About the only negative I can think of in the movie is the inconsistency of the makeup. While the two main characters age well throughout the film and definitely appear quite old when the film concludes, for some odd reason Isabelle Huppert looks pretty much the same throughout (even though at least 25 years had passed from when you first saw her until you last saw her in the movie), as did one other minor character. Oh well, it's certainly not enough to damage the movie significantly--just an odd little flaw.


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