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Le divorce (2003)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Isabel Walker
Jean-Marie Lhomme ... Immigration Officer
... Roxeanne de Persand
Esmée Buchet-Deàk ... Gennie de Persand
Jean-Jacques Pivert ... Talkative Shopkeeper
... Charles-Henri de Persand
Catherine Samie ... Madame Florian
... Antoine de Persand
... Suzanne de Persand
... Edgar Cosset
... Charlotte de Persand
Samuel Gruen ... de Persand Child
Peter Wyckoff ... de Persand Child
Sandrel Lonnoy ... Maid
... 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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Everything sounds sexier in French. See more »

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$516,834, 10 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,074,550, 26 October 2003
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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

When Isabel and Edgar have their last outing together, Isabel is clearly wearing red nail lacquer in the restaurant. When they say goodbye outside, her nails are no longer red. See more »

Quotes

Roxy: You shouldn't accept expensive gifts from a man.
Isabel: Why?
Roxy: Because it puts you in a position of having to do what he wants.
Isabel: I'd do it anyway.
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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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Huh?
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think this could have been an interesting film. Instead, it shows the French as being close-minded, rude and arrogant with no concern about other people's feelings. The American sisters are annoying in their lack of backbone. Instead of standing up for themselves or each other, they simply lie down and let husbands, boyfriends and in-laws humiliate them. Their last name should be doormat. The scenery is both beautiful and breathtaking. The restaurant scenes gives us some insight on the French artfulness of food. Dining is not just a daily routine but an adventure of taste, color and texture. Even when insulting, the French language is a pleasure to hear. Sadly, the bad heavily outweighs the good in this movie.


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