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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
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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
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 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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Additional Details

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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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Like Who is who, or Telephone index ... but without explanation and numbers, 25 March 2007
Author: przgzr from Zagreb, Croatia

This movie is either too short or too long.

If it tries to follow a book and to show the whole life of several dozen people, it should have been made as a mini (not too short) serial. I still remember how much I've enjoyed first TV version of The Forsyte Saga, made in 26 episodes.

There are also far too many characters in the movie. (I know France is a big nation, but they didn't have to show all of them in one movie.) For the first hour you even don't know who the main characters are (unless you've read carefully opening credits). Later during the movie some of them never appear again, some appear when you've already forgotten who they were and you don't care for them any more (as well as main characters and probably the director himself). Some get a significant footage in certain part of the movie and then never show again, being completely irrelevant to the plot (or having a subplot of their own that never develops). Yes, life looks that way, you can suddenly meet a person you haven't met for ages, but life lasts decades and you can't compress it into 180 minutes.

The movie promises very much in first hour (though this extreme number of characters obstructs your attention and complicates following the plot - and sometimes you wonder if there is any). Ball scene (often mentioned in other comments) and some casual talking scenes are marvelous in best French tradition.

But suddenly, as if the director discovered that his movie should last more than twelve hours if he kept the same rhythm, we jump along the years and we have some important things just mentioned as if someone waking from coma now and then and getting a few basic informations before losing conscience again.

The final hour is the best, but I'm afraid many people haven't seen it, either because of giving up, or simply falling asleep while trying to find who is who and what is he doing. Even those with best attention, who could solve this two questions, had no chance to answer the third one - why. Maybe we, who stayed awake till the end, managed to understand the main characters, but it is not a compliment for a 180 hours long work.

Some people compared this movie to Visconti's works. I'd agree, as I find Visconti the most boring of all overrated directors (and, just to mention, I respect Tarkovsky, like Tornatore and adore Bergmann - and ignore action movies).

Except making a serial, this movie could have been made watchable in two other ways. First, it could be made without middle part - after 1900 events we could have skipped into WWII without losing anything. Second, Assayan could have made what Kazan did with Steinbeck's East of Eden - chose one part of the novel, one plot and cut away the rest. We could have lost characters like Louise, Aline and her friend (?), Fayet etc, but I couldn't care less for them anyway. Maybe someone would find it a blasphemy for the literature, but making people yawn and bore isn't a favor to it either.

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