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Le divorce (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Comedy | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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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Jean-Marie Lhomme ...
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Esmée Buchet-Deàk ...
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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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29 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Divorcio a la francesa  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$9,074,550 (USA) (24 October 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 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 »

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 Everyone Says I Love You (1996) See more »

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Pleurons plutôt de présentes douleurs
(from "Il faut rire et chanter: Dispute de bergers, H. 484")
Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performed by Alan Ewing
Early music performed under the direction of David Bahanovich
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good movie
21 August 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of comments here about people not liking this movie. I just saw it and I loved it. I think it's very subtle, though. It's more fun to watch if you have a prior understanding of, or at least introduction to, the French lifestyle. It's a great satire on both the French and American cultures and their nuanced differences. Naomi Watts was great in her role, and Kate Hudson was pretty good as well. I have to say I liked Leslie Caron as the French "mere" best though :) All said, I thought this was a wonderfully directed and somewhat quaint satire-comedy- drama. Another good work from Merchant and Ivory!


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