Le divorce (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Comedy  |  29 August 2003 (USA)
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French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Marie Lhomme ...
Esmée Buchet-Deàk ...
Jean-Jacques Pivert ...
Catherine Samie ...
Samuel Labarthe ...
Nathalie Richard ...
Samuel Gruen ...
Peter Wyckoff ...
Sandrel Lonnoy ...


The differences in legalities and cultural mores of French and Americans regarding sex, love, marriage, religion and family bonds are presented through the interactions of two families related by marriage. American Isabel Walker heads to Paris to visit her half-sister, poet Roxeanne de Persand, who is early in the pregnancy of her second child. Isabel arrives to find that Roxy's French husband, Charles-Henri de Persand, has just left Roxy, the sisters both eventually further learning that it is because he has fallen in love with another woman, who is herself married. Roxy and Charles-Henri deal with their break-up, which Roxy does not want but must face the legal consequences of, including determining the ownership of what may be a valuable French painting that has been casually in the Walker family for years, but which Roxy has had in her possession since she got married. Meanwhile, Isabel begins to explore all that France has to offer, which includes concurrently embarking on sexual... Written by Huggo

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american | french | love | sex | france | See All (179) »


A comedy of manners...both good and bad. See more »


Drama | Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divorcio a la francesa  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$516,834 (USA) (8 August 2003)


$66,323 (South Africa) (12 December 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally set to star Winona Ryder and Natalie Portman, but both had to bow out before filming began. See more »


When Isabel gets out of the taxi the driver closes the back, but when Charles-Henri hands the driver his bag the back is open again. See more »


Roxy: You shouldn't accept expensive gifts from a man.
Isabel: Why?
Roxy: Because it puts you in a position of having to do what he wants.
Isabel: I'd do it anyway.
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References Amélie (2001) See more »


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Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Performed by Serge Gainsbourg
(c) Warner Chappell Music France
(p) 1961 Mercury (France)
With the permission of Universal Music Projets Spéciaux France
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It Could Have Been Good
13 February 2004 | by (New York, N.Y.) – See all my reviews

"Le Divorce" fails. Despite the beauty of the locales and the talent of the lead actors, the director couldn't decide if this is a Parisian comedy or an adult tale of marital discord gone horrifically askew.

The interaction between the two female leads is good-half-sisters and true soulmates. But their romantic and marital complications come too fast with too little depth and the film is on a train wreck in the making.

And suave, affluent, cheating Frenchmen are a stale staple of these movies. Nothing new or interesting here.

Too bad.


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