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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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
Other crew
Vanessa Balmer .... production assistant: Switzerland
Patrick Boshart .... location scout
Tahar Boualam .... groupman
Vero Cratzborn .... production assistant (as Véronique Cratzborn)
Olga Fabrizio .... assistant location manager
Agnès Feuvre .... continuity
Segolene Fleury-Slimane .... production administrator
Corinne Fournier .... production secretary
Géraldine L'Henoret .... documentalist
Yann Le Borgne .... location scout
Frédéric Pesquer .... tapestry
Laurence Picollec .... finance
Manuel Pouet .... location scout
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
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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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7 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Whatever has happened to French Cinema?, 9 March 2003
Author: jandesimpson from United Kingdom

Having just yawned through three hours of "Les Destinees Sentimentales" I find myself asking yet again, "Whatever has happened to French cinema?" Time was in the '60's and '70's when it was one of the most fertile sources in the world with masterworks such as Chabrol's "Le Boucher" and Goretta's "La Dentelliere" appearing with amazing frequency to say nothing about little gems such as Alain Dhouailly's "Inutile Envoyer Photo" about which I can find nothing on this database. There was even "Permis de Conduire", a delightful trifle about a man trying to pass his driving test which seems to have passed unnoticed, but which, had it been made in the UK, would no doubt have brought forth the sort of accolades we used to give to such films as "Genevieve"; in actual fact I thought the French film so much better. In France Andre Techine seems to be the only director doing worthwhile things these days - if readers know of others I would be glad to hear of them. For the rest, two genres seem to predominate, inconsequential stories of everyday human relationships a la Eric Rohmer, but without that master's sophistication and subtlety, and period literary adaptations which seem to have a statutory length of at least three hours. In this latter category comes "Les Destinees Sentimentales" a dreary saga of a family running a porcelain factory that starts at the beginning of the 20th century moving forward to the period between the two World Wars. It mainly deals with marital and business ups and downs. With the one exception of an estranged wife magnificently played by Isabelle Huppert, the rest are singularly boring company. Even the central character. a Protestant cleric who abandons his calling, seems incapable of conveying the suffering of spiritual doubt in the way that Gunnar Bjornstrand so memorably achieved in Bergman's "Winter Light". In the end it all seems such a waste of effort by a youngish director, Olivier Assayas, who is clearly not without talent. Early on there is a ballroom scene that has that excitment of movement often to be found in the best of Scorsese. If he were to choose his subject matter more carefully there is the ability there to make a really good film. I have to admit that this is the only Assayas film I have seen so he may well have done this already. Again I would appreciate hearing from readers on this point.

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