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Les destinées (2000)

Les destinées sentimentales (original title)
In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife - and more talk when he decides to take her... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Béart ... Pauline Pommerel
Charles Berling ... Jean Barnery
Isabelle Huppert ... Nathalie Barnery
Olivier Perrier Olivier Perrier ... Philippe Pommerel
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Julie Desca
André Marcon André Marcon ... Paul Desca
Alexandra London Alexandra London ... Louise Desca
Julie Depardieu ... Marcelle
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Arthur Pommerel
Valérie Bonneton Valérie Bonneton ... Arthur Pommerel's wife
Pascal Bongard ... Vouzelles
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Guy Barnery
Jean-Baptiste Malartre ... Frédéric Barnery
Nicolas Pignon Nicolas Pignon ... Bavouzet
Catherine Mouchet ... Fernande
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In late nineteenth century Charante, Protestant minister Jean Barnery causes local disquiet when he arranges a separation from his obsessive wife - and more talk when he decides to take her back. By this time he has been drawn to Pauline, niece of a Cognac distiller, and this precipitates him divorcing his wife, settling on her and his daughter the shares he owns in his family's porcelain factory. He resigns the ministry, marries Pauline, and moves to Switzerland and a tranquil life. On the death of his father he agrees to return home to save the factory, knowing the problems it will bring will change his life completely. So it proves, with service in the Great War having a further profound impact on him and those around him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Pathé / FKGB

Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 July 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les destinées See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,367, 7 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$230,300, 22 December 2002
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Charles Berling also stars in Olivier Assayas's Demonlover (2002) and Summer Hours (2008). See more »

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The film was sensitive, but disappointing.
8 July 2012 | by gnieomSee all my reviews

The film was sensitive, but disappointing.

It was over-extended and in spite of the elements to a period flick being present -- set in a small village, a devoutly Protestant porcelain empire in Limoges, the Swiss Alps, and World War I -- it lacked the period movie breadth like how the Italian's would do it.

Not even the beauty of Béart nor the shaky camera technique used throughout the movie could hold our attention for such a long time.

Oh well, this was Olivier Assayas' first period film, a departure from his contemporary works.

That's a valid excuse for the film, I guess.


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