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Le divorce (2003)

 -  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:
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Jean-Marie Lhomme ...
Immigration Officer
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Esmée Buchet-Deàk ...
Gennie de Persand
Jean-Jacques Pivert ...
Talkative Shopkeeper
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Charles-Henri de Persand
Catherine Samie ...
Madame Florian
Samuel Labarthe ...
Antoine de Persand
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Nathalie Richard ...
Charlotte de Persand
Samuel Gruen ...
de Persand Child
Peter Wyckoff ...
de Persand Child
Sandrel Lonnoy ...
Maid
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Olivia Pace
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Storyline

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) »

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

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Drama | Romance | Comedy

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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:

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

Gross:

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

When Isabel is setting up chairs at the poetry reading and is confronted by Tellman, there are copies of "Le Divorce" by Diane Johnson on the bookshelf behind them. See more »

Goofs

When Isabel and Roxy are walking towards the la Flore to meet Roxy's husband, Isabel's scarf is hanging from her pocket. When they walk into la Flore she is wearing it around her neck. See more »

Quotes

[after seeing Isabel's new look at the airport]
Roger Walker: She looks like something out of "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!".
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References Ready to Wear (1994) See more »

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Mazurka No.16, Opus 24 # 3
Frédéric Chopin
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Not THAT Bad!
1 November 2004 | by (Baltimore) – See all my reviews

The performances are terrific, Kate Hudson proves that she is the actress that Goldie Hawn never was, and it is always good to see Leslie Caron looking her age and looking great. Now, the matter of the plot has been raised and the consensus so far is that it is a bag of clichés dumped into a blender and then poured out on film.

True. But, the book was no great shakes either and the screenplay simply has not risen above its origins.

I enjoyed Le Divorce for its cynicism and its predictability, frankly. It is nice every now and then to see a movie that elicits a sour chuckle rather than a guffaw or a shriek, and this is one of them.


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