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12 July 2000 (France) See more »
In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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slow moving but extremely well done See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Emmanuelle Béart ... Pauline Pommerel

Charles Berling ... Jean Barnery

Isabelle Huppert ... Nathalie Barnery
Olivier Perrier ... Philippe Pommerel
Dominique Reymond ... Julie Desca
André Marcon ... Paul Desca
Alexandra London ... Louise Desca

Julie Depardieu ... 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

Catherine Mouchet ... Fernande

Mia Hansen-Løve ... Aline
Sophie Aubry ... Dominique
Victor Garrivier ... Pasteur Sabatier
Jérôme Huguet ... René Fayet
Mathieu Genet ... Max Barnery
Rémi Martin ... Dahlias
Roger Dumas ... Pauline's boss
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Fayet, the solicitor
Saki Reid ... Miss Howard
Claire Hammond ... Mrs. Ducros
Pierre Saternaer ... Engineer
Jocelyne Desverchère ... Célestine
Patricia Dinev ... Solange
Christian Drillaud ... Surgeon
Circé Lethem ... Anna
Maryline Even ... Bridge player
Christophe Jazinski ... Théodore
Luc De Goustine ... Prefect

Barnaby Southcombe ... Marcelle's dance partner
Joséphine Firino-Martell ... Aline 5 years old
Alexandre Marcos ... Max, 4 years old
Grégory Marcos ... Max, 6 years old
Georges Wilson ... Robert Barnery
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marion Chombart De Lauwe ... Amie de Marcelle
Olivier Darimont
Jean-Baptiste Montagut

Directed by
Olivier Assayas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Olivier Assayas 
Jacques Chardonne  novel
Jacques Fieschi 

Produced by
Jean-Yves Asselin .... line producer
Jean-Louis Porchet .... co-producer
Bruno Pésery .... producer
Gérard Ruey .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Eric Gautier 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Production Design by
Frédéric Bénard 
Gérard Marcireau 
Jacques Mollon 
Ivan Niclass 
Katia Wyszkop 
Costume Design by
Anaïs Romand 
Makeup Department
Fabienne Bressan .... key hair stylist
Case Caroline .... assistant makeup artist
Véronique Hebet .... key makeup artist
Christine Leaustic .... key hair stylist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Marie Luiset .... makeup artist
Annie Marandin .... key hair stylist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Emmanuel Pitois .... special makeup effects artist
Estelle Tolstoukine .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jean-Yves Asselin .... production manager
Jean-Philippe Avenel .... assistant unit manager
Sébastien Didelot .... trainee unit manager
Heinz Dill .... production manager: Switzerland
Olivier Hélie .... unit manager
Michel Imbert .... assistant production manager
Pascal Roussel .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maia Etcheverry .... assistant director
Mathieu Hiltzer .... assistant director
Daniel Maurer .... assistant director: Switzerland
Stephane Moreno-Carpio .... assistant director
Thomas Parnet .... assistant director
Marie-Jeanne Pascal .... first assistant director
Pascal Roy .... assistant director
Art Department
Eric Bourges .... construction coordinator
Lionel Callari .... props
Jean-René Coulon .... props
Bruno Devresse .... carpenter
Alain Gosse .... construction coordinator
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Frédéric Pesquer .... tapestry
Gilbert Pignol .... painter
Philippe Vermeille .... carpenter
Sound Department
Nicolas Cantin .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
William Flageollet .... sound re-recording mixer
Olivier Goinard .... assistant sound editor
François-Joseph Hors .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound
Nicolas Naegelen .... sound editor supervisor
Daniel Sobrino .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Hans Frei .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
François Berroir .... gaffer
Damien Bret .... electrician
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Xavier Cholet .... gaffer
Alain Gautherin .... key grip
Catherine Georges .... assistant camera
Eric Gies .... electrician
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Olivier Porchet .... second assistant camera
Olivier Thual .... grip
Jacques Ulrich .... electrician
Casting Department
Valérie Novel .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Bechir .... costumer
Pippa Cleator .... costumer
Astrid Danielsson .... costumer
Benjamin Lubet .... costumer
Hélène Robin .... costumer
Anne Versel .... costumer
Editorial Department
Catherine Athon .... post-production coordinator
Isabelle Julien .... color timer
Marie Lecoeur .... assistant editor
Véronique Marchand .... post-production coordinator
Valérie Pico .... assistant editor
Bérengère Saint-Bezar .... assistant editor
Location Management
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Olga Fabrizio .... assistant location manager
Yann Le Borgne .... location scout
Manuel Pouet .... location scout
Other crew
Vanessa Balmer .... production assistant: Switzerland
Tahar Boualam .... groupman
Vero Cratzborn .... production assistant (as Véronique Cratzborn)
Agnès Feuvre .... continuity
Segolene Fleury-Slimane .... production administrator
Corinne Fournier .... production secretary
Géraldine L'Henoret .... documentalist
Frédéric Pesquer .... tapestry
Laurence Picollec .... financial director
Yvonne Vart .... choreographer
Nathalie Radovic .... production secretary (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Les destinées sentimentales" - France (original title)
"Sentimental Destinies" - Hong Kong (English title)
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180 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Charles Berling also stars in Olivier Assayas's Demonlover (2002) and Summer Hours (2008).See more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
slow moving but extremely well done, 16 January 2006
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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