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The Children of the Century (1999)

Les enfants du siècle (original title)
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A story of doomed passion between two genius writers of the 19th century - novelist George Sand and poet Alfred de Musset.

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Diane Kurys

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... George Sand
Benoît Magimel ... Alfred de Musset
Stefano Dionisi ... Pietro Pagello
Robin Renucci ... François Buloz
Karin Viard ... Marie Dorval
Isabelle Carré ... Aimée d'Alton
Patrick Chesnais ... Gustave Planche
Arnaud Giovaninetti Arnaud Giovaninetti ... Alfred Tattet
Denis Podalydès ... Sainte-Beuve
Olivier Foubert Olivier Foubert ... Paul de Musset
Marie-France Mignal Marie-France Mignal ... Mme. de Musset
Michel Robin ... Larive
Ludivine Sagnier ... Hermine de Musset
Victoire Thivisol ... Solange (as Victoire)
Julien Léal Julien Léal ... Maurice
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The only thing more outrageous than French novelist George Sand's torrid love affair with the decadent author Alfred de Musset and her affinity for wearing men's clothing, was the content of her writing. Though Sand (otherwise known as the Baroness Dudevant) smoked cigars and cross-dressed, it was the boldness of her writing on issues such as the abstinence of marriage and women's frigidity that most contributed to the scandalous reputation she earned in French literary circles. When she met Alfred de Musset, the most gifted poet of his generation, the two quickly became a public cause celebrity while their work would go on to become some of the finest examples of 19th century romanticism. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A passion too great to control. See more »


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George Sand's estate loaned the production some of Sand's jewelry, including a sapphire ring, which Juliette Binoche wears throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

George Sand: Love does exist, it's not an illusion. One merely has to recognise it, and be humble before it.
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Alternate Versions

The original French theatrical version, which runs at 135 mins begins as Sand plans to leave her husband and Musset's father dies. This version continues after their final meeting as Sand begins to write her story and attempts in vain to see Musset one last time. This version ends with a direct to camera address by Sand at Musset's tomb. A shorter theatrical version was released in Germany, Spain, UK and US which begins with Sand reading from "Lélia" and ends with Sand and Musset's final meeting. It runs at 105 mins. This version contains two new scenes: Sand and Musset being introduced to each other and a dance sequence. However the opening sequences featuring Sands arrival in Paris during an uprising and her relationship with Marie Dorval are lost, as are the closing scenes as she attempts to see Musset a final time. Most DVD releases have favored the Original 135 min version which was more critically popular. See more »

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Version of A Song to Remember (1945) See more »

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Les Enfants du Siecle
21 June 2005 | by jackdanubeSee all my reviews

If you have any interest in French Romanticism, or romanticism in general, see this film. The story is taken from both Musset's & Sand's accounts of the affair that took place. If a film is to be made about a poet, use the poets feelings and even words at the most opportune times, this film does that, and then some. This film is well crafted, from every aspect of its making. The performances by Binoche & Magimel are both riveting and heart wrenching.

If this love were a battle, the filmmaker would most definitely taken the side of Sand. As the truth of this affair left Musset's heart dispirited until his death. Even his friends, like Eugene Delacroix, have said that his pen was a poison that infected his reader like a virus. But all histoire aside, as a film, this is an exquisite piece of work, that is both heart-breaking and entertaining. In the words of the central characters, "Shame on you, who are the first to show me treason. The horror and anger, which made me lose my reason."-Alfred de Musset "The angels are no more pure than the heart of a young man who loves truthfully."-George Sand

Above all watch this film and judge for yourself.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 1999 (France) See more »

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The Children of the Century See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,044, 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$56,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,624
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2.35 : 1
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