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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Diane Johnson (novel)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 August 2003 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Everything sounds sexier in French. See more »
Plot:
French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Merchant Ivory come up lame. See more (153 total) »

Cast

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Kate Hudson ... Isabel Walker
Jean-Marie Lhomme ... Immigration Officer

Naomi Watts ... Roxeanne de Persand
Esmée Buchet-Deàk ... Gennie de Persand
Jean-Jacques Pivert ... Talkative Shopkeeper

Melvil Poupaud ... Charles-Henri de Persand
Catherine Samie ... Madame Florian
Samuel Labarthe ... Antoine de Persand

Leslie Caron ... Suzanne de Persand

Thierry Lhermitte ... Edgar Cosset
Nathalie Richard ... Charlotte de Persand
Samuel Gruen ... de Persand Child
Peter Wyckoff ... de Persand Child
Sandrel Lonnoy ... Maid

Glenn Close ... Olivia Pace
Marianne Borgo ... Ballet Mistress

Sam Waterston ... Chester Walker

Stockard Channing ... Margeeve Walker

Thomas Lennon ... Roger Walker

Romain Duris ... Yves
Elie Axas ... Television Interviewer
Humbert Balsan ... Maitre Doisneau

Bebe Neuwirth ... Julia Manchevering
Arnaud Borrel ... Photographer

Jean-Marc Barr ... Maitre Bertram
Rona Hartner ... Magda Tellman

Matthew Modine ... Tellman
Sébastien Pascaud ... Television Talking Head
Gérard Couchet ... Television Talking Head
Micky Sébastian ... Television Moderator
Hélène Surgère ... Lingerie Saleswoman

Fannie Brett ... Lingerie Saleswoman (as Fanny Brett)
Marie-Louise Sellman ... Bookstore Fan
Joseph Chanet ... Bookstore Fan
Cherif Ezzeldin ... Bookstore Fan
Kiran Stordalen ... Bookstore Fan
Françoise Brion ... Bookstore Owner

Philip Tabor ... Bouncer
Alan Ewing ... Singer
Daniel Mesguich ... Louvre Expert
Pierre Aussedat ... Appraiser
Anne Canovas ... Appraiser
Emilie Bavart ... Children's Shop Assistant
Marc Tissot ... Medic
Christian Erickson ... Museum Curator
Judith Burnett ... Museum Curator
David Applefield ... Museum Curator
Matthew Gonder ... Museum Curator

Stephen Fry ... Piers Janely
Marie-Christine Adam ... Amélie Cosset
Joaquina Belaunde ... Chanel Assistant
Jeanne Antebi ... Action Alert Helper
Claire Rochelle ... Action Alert Helper
Dominique Pivain ... Action Alert Helper
Valérie Lang ... Policewoman
Pierre-Olivier Brändli ... Young Policeman
Christophe Vienne ... Eiffel Tower Security
Emmanuel Broche ... Eiffel Tower Security
Graziella Delerm ... Eiffel Tower Security
Keiko Yoshiyama ... Japanese Tour Guide
Jean-Pierre Bouvier ... Police Inspector
Georges Delettrez ... Auctioneer
Frédérick Chanoit ... Drouot Expert
Jean-Pierre Raymond ... Salesroom 'Crieur'
Nelson ... Mathieu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Floriane Murphy Borel ... de Persand Child
André Crudo ... Man at Fund-Raising Party (uncredited)
Hissa de Urkiola ... The Model (uncredited)
Sandrine Degraef ... (uncredited)

Victor Loukianenko ... Himself / Lui-même (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Man in Eiffel Tower (uncredited)

Laurent Schwaar ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
James Ivory 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Diane Johnson (novel)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) &
James Ivory (screenplay)

Produced by
Rahila Bootwala .... line producer
Paul Bradley .... co-producer
Ted Field .... executive producer
Richard Hawley .... co-producer
Erica Huggins .... executive producer
Scott Kroopf .... executive producer
Ismail Merchant .... producer
Michael Schiffer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Robbins 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
 
Film Editing by
John David Allen 
 
Casting by
Annette Trumel 
 
Production Design by
Frédéric Bénard 
 
Set Decoration by
Sabine Delouvrier 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Ramsey 
 
Makeup Department
Maya Benamer .... makeup artist
Anne Bourdiol .... key makeup artist
Martial Corneville .... hairdresser: Glenn Close
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... key hair stylist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Kay Philips .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Stéphanie Delbos .... assistant unit manager
Cyril Pavaux .... assistant production manager
Pierre Proner .... post-production supervisor: New York
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ali Cherkaoui .... first assistant director: retakes
Emilie Cherpitel .... second assistant director
George Every .... first assistant director
Eliot Mathews .... third assistant director
Moritz von Blücher .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Philippe Boucherot .... assistant art director
Marie-Pierre Bourboulon .... assistant set dresser
Thomas Broyon .... swing gang
Antonio Nogueira .... set dresser
Roland Toupet .... set decorator trainee
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Katia Boutin .... sound editor
Jérôme Chenevoy .... sound
Rémy Crouzet .... assistant sound
Nicolas d'Halluin .... sound recordist
Michel Filippi .... adr editor
Alain Féat .... dialogue editor
Alek Goosse .... sound re-recording mixer
Nina Hartstone .... adr editor
Robert Hein .... adr editor (as Bob Hein)
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Ludovic Hénault .... sound
Nikolas Javelle .... adr editor
Jean-Luc Laborde .... boom operator
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Kevin Berger .... digital compositor
Laurent Borenstein .... digital artist: Mikros Image team
David François .... digital compositor
Gilles Gaillard .... digital grading
Mathilde Germi .... visual effects coordinator
Benoit Holl .... animator
Sergeï Lourié .... digital compositor
Nicolas Rey .... digital effects supervisor
Agnès Sébenne .... visual effects supervisor
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Afchain .... additional best boy grip
Néwine Behi .... assistant camera
Arnaud Borrel .... still photographer
André Bouladoux .... key grip
Emmanuel de Fleury .... second assistant camera
Denis Garnier .... additional camera assistant
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer
Jean-Philippe Marier .... grip
Vincent Muller .... first assistant camera
Stéphane Paillard .... camera operator
Benoît Pain .... camera loader
Yves Vandermeeren .... camera operator
Paco Wiser .... camera operator: second unit
Hugues Espinasse .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michelle Figlarz .... extras casting (as Michelle Guetta)
Muriel Habert .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... costume supervisor
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera .... costumer: Kate Hudson
Annie Périer .... associate costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Giles Gardner .... first assistant editor
Hosh Kane .... post-production coordinator (as Hosh Ibrahim)
Emilie Monod .... assistant editor
Stéphanie Pedelacq .... assistant editor
Gerard Savary .... color grader
Ben Spencer .... post-production coordinator
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Frederique Veillard .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator (as Geoffrey Alexander)
David Bahanovich .... conductor: Charpentier
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
 
Other crew
Alberto Abraham Amar .... organization: exteriors
Emilie Barbault .... assistant script supervisor
Sarah Barbault .... assistant: Kate Hudson/Glenn Close
Tanya Blumstein .... dialect coach
Françoise Bouillon-Pommerolle .... chief accountant
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Nadine Chaussonnière .... location manager
Melissa Chung .... production coordinator
Alison Cohen .... production counsel (as Alison S. Cohen)
Gail de Courcy-Ireland .... dialect coach: Thierry Lhermitte
Sophie Denize .... production coordinator
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Bruno Ghariani .... location manager
Nayeem Hafizka .... electronic press kit
Guillaume Jamet .... product placement
Sunil Kirparam .... accountant: UK
Andrew Litvack .... english subtitler: English
Basile Maffone .... in/out technician
Abel Monem .... production controller
Christine Musset .... stand-in: Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson
Ayca Sadikoglu .... office production assistant
Albert Setton .... financial advisor
Louis-Charles Sirjacq .... writer: French dialogue
Chris Terrio .... electronic press kit (as Christopher Terrio)
Kirsty Whalley .... engineer
Kai Wong .... assistant: New York
Steven W. Carbajal .... office production assistant: New York (uncredited)
William Rabbe .... office production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Divorce" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and sexual content
Runtime:
USA:117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was originally set to star Winona Ryder and Natalie Portman, but both had to bow out before filming began.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Features "The Simpsons" (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
La PaellaSee more »

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39 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Merchant Ivory come up lame., 13 February 2005
Author: jbass99 from United States

Have not read the novel, but the movie itself is slush (not having read the novel I can't say whether to blame the author).

Supposedly, the story explores the values gulf between America and France, with sex the American taboo and money the French taboo. Sadly, the greatest taboo in this movie is common sense, which seems trapped at the midpoint between the two, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, several miles beneath the surface at the base of the mid-Atlantic rift.

Every time we think something that makes less sense couldn't happen, it does. Characters act stupidly or self-destructively, doing the kind of nasty or narcissistic things that would make them the villain of most any other putative comedy of manners, only to have their clueless behavior transcended (to the downside) in the very next scene.

The only real surprise in the film is that it was made by the same folks who gave us "A Room With A View" and its distinguished successors. Here, that body of work culminates in an anticlimactic thud, as if obscurity were the thing the production team had been seeking to perfect. (Thank goodness they have another film coming out soon.) Rather than engaging the audience, "Le Divorce" is so absurd that about halfway through, it joins the group of films that are so bad you watch to the end just to hoot at the screen.

Our antipathy to the characters is particularly amazing because there is not a bad performance. Most of the excellent cast is quite good, and I was very happy to see Leslie Caron looking so beautiful and healthy. One gets the feeling the actors chose the project because it was a Merchant Ivory film. The only betrayal we end up caring about is that their faith led them here.

The film looks great, yet the script makes us groan. Other than the sister in law and the young daughter of the divorce of the title, the characters are archetypes. The most distinctive personality belongs to a handbag, and the rest of them become so annoying they seem to deserve what they get. The genuine tragedies -- we see them coming two miles away, not just one -- don't carry much impact because these so clearly aren't real people.

"Le Divorce" was meant to be funny, but it plays out as a 90-minute Seinfeld stripped of comedy or plot. The only laughs come from the predictability and unbelievability of events, and the degree to which we don't care about anyone they happen to. Merchant Ivory have, and will, do a lot better than this.

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