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The Divorce (2003)

Le divorce (original title)
PG-13 | | 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.

Director:

James Ivory

Writers:

Diane Johnson (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Hudson ... Isabel Walker
Jean-Marie Lhomme Jean-Marie Lhomme ... Immigration Officer
Naomi Watts ... Roxeanne de Persand
Esmée Buchet-Deàk Esmée Buchet-Deàk ... Gennie de Persand
Jean-Jacques Pivert 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 Samuel Gruen ... de Persand Child
Peter Wyckoff Peter Wyckoff ... de Persand Child
Sandrel Lonnoy Sandrel Lonnoy ... Maid
Glenn Close ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorcio a la francesa See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$516,834, 10 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,074,550, 26 October 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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 »

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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 Ready to Wear (1994) See more »

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L'Anamour
(End title)
Sung by Jane Birkin
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Arranged by Bruno Maman and Patrick Goraguer
(c) Ed. Bagatelle / Melody Nelson Publishing
(p) 1996 Mercury (France)
With the permission of Universal Music Projets Spéciaux France
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culture conflict film - not bad at all
4 September 2004 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

James Ivory is not exactly a politically orientated film maker, but it took some courage, and it was a politic message releasing a film about Americans living in Paris, and the culture clash between American and French in 2003. Although his film is more about family relations and cultural perception, it says a lot about humans being more important in the relations between two nations than their leaders politics.

Not that the relations in the film are that soft. I know quite well both American and French mentalities, and I appreciate the ironic mirror this film puts in the faces of the two peoples. There is certainly a certain dose of stereotype in the approach, but still the characters are well built, they act with logic most of the time, and some good acting from a bi-lingual team

helps a lot. Paris is still the best location to pick for a film ever. The plot is a little bit too long, and the end suffers from hollywooditis, but overall it is a satisfying cinema experience. I do not like the romantic genre too much, but it was better than I expected. 7 out of 10 on my personal scale.


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