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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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Isabel Walker
Jean-Marie Lhomme ...
Immigration Officer
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Roxeanne de Persand
Esmée Buchet-Deàk ...
Gennie de Persand
Jean-Jacques Pivert ...
Talkative Shopkeeper
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Charles-Henri de Persand
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Madame Florian
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Antoine de Persand
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Suzanne de Persand
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Edgar Cosset
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Charlotte de Persand
Samuel Gruen ...
de Persand Child
Peter Wyckoff ...
de Persand Child
Sandrel Lonnoy ...
Maid
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Olivia Pace
Marianne Borgo ...
Ballet Mistress
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Chester Walker
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Margeeve Walker
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Roger Walker
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Yves
Elie Axas ...
Television Interviewer
Humbert Balsan ...
Maitre Doisneau
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Julia Manchevering
Arnaud Borrel ...
Photographer
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Maitre Bertram
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Magda Tellman
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Tellman
Sébastien Pascaud ...
Television Talking Head
Gérard Couchet ...
Television Talking Head
Micky Sébastian ...
Television Moderator
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Lingerie Saleswoman
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Lingerie Saleswoman (as Fanny Brett)
Marie-Louise Sellman ...
Bookstore Fan
Joseph Chanet ...
Bookstore Fan
Cherif Ezzeldin ...
Bookstore Fan
Kiran Stordalen ...
Bookstore Fan
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Bookstore Owner
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Bouncer
Alan Ewing ...
Singer
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Louvre Expert
Pierre Aussedat ...
Appraiser
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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
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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)
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Himself / Lui-même (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ...
Man in Eiffel Tower (uncredited)
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Eiffel Tower Security (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Ivory

Written by

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Diane Johnson ... (novel)
 
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ... (screenplay) &
James Ivory ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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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

Music by

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Richard Robbins

Cinematography by

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Pierre Lhomme

Film Editing by

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John David Allen

Editorial Department

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Sarah Arnold ... apprentice editor
Giles Gardner ... first assistant editor
John Hill ... assistant editor
Hosh Kane ... post-production coordinator (as Hosh Ibrahim)
Kathy LaCommare ... assistant editor
Emmanuel Le Ridant ... dailies telecine: grader (as Emmanuel Leridan)
Sophie Minchom ... post-production coordinator: Paris
Emilie Monod ... assistant editor
Kelly Parr ... apprentice editor
Stéphanie Pedelacq ... assistant editor
Gerard Savary ... color grader
Ben Spencer ... post-production coordinator: London
Mike Stanwick ... color timer
Nathalie Trinial ... apprentice editor
Frederique Veillard ... assistant editor (as Frédérique Veillard-Gardiner)

Casting By

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Annette Trumel

Production Design by

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Frédéric Bénard

Set Decoration by

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Sabine Delouvrier

Costume Design by

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Carol Ramsey

Makeup Department

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Annouchka ... makeup
Maya Benamer ... makeup
Anne Bourdiol ... key makeup artist
Martial Corneville ... hairdresser: for Glenn Close
Elisa Costa ... makeup artist
Shirley Drai ... makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin ... key hair dresser
Didier Lavergne ... key makeup artist
Kay Philips ... hair dresser (as Kay Phillips)

Production Management

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Stéphanie Delbos ... assistant unit manager
Cyril Pavaux ... assistant unit manager
Pierre Proner ... post-production supervisor: New York

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ali Cherkaoui ... first assistant director: retakes
Emilie Cherpitel ... second second assistant director
George Every ... first assistant director
Eliot Mathews ... third assistant director
Moritz von Blücher ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Eric Becavin ... construction manager
Nina Berkson ... artwork: main titles
Antoine Berthet ... carpenter
Yves Bogdan ... prop maker
Philippe Boucherot ... first assistant art director
Marie-Pierre Bourboulon ... assistant set dresser
Catherine Bourgeois ... prop buyer
Thomas Broyon ... swing gang
Alain Cibrario ... tapestry
Sabine Delouvrier ... set dresser
Benjamin Descave ... carpenter
Bruno Germond ... carpenter
Anne-Marie Guilleman ... second assistant art director (as Anne-Marie Guillerman)
Peter Hammond ... set painter
Elsa Harbulot ... painter (as Elsa Richez-Harbulot)
Sophie Lampkin ... painter
Elisabeth Lefort ... second assistant art director (as Elizabeth Lefort)
Jean-Paul Letellier ... painter: St. Ursula
Elodie Martin ... second assistant art director
Nathalie Massacrier ... painter
Stéphane Monjo ... second assistant art director
Franck Morel ... painter (as Frank Morel)
Antonio Nogueira ... set dresser
Corinne Pouchoulin ... painter
Serge Royo ... chief carpenter
Piotr Styczen ... prop master
Pierre Tejero ... carpenter
Roland Toupet ... set decorator trainee

Sound Department

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Nicolas Becker ... foley artist
Katia Boutin ... sound editor
Jérôme Chenevoy ... sound trainee (as Jerome Chevenoy)
Rémy Crouzet ... assistant sound
Nicolas d'Halluin ... sound recordist
Assia Dnednia ... foley assistant (as Assia Dnedia)
Michel Filippi ... adr editor
Alain Féat ... dialogue editor
Alek Goosse ... re-recording mixer
Nina Hartstone ... adr editor
Robert Hein ... adr editor (as Bob Hein)
Dean Humphreys ... re-recording mixer
Ludovic Hénault ... sound recordist
Nikolas Javelle ... adr editor
Jean-Luc Laborde ... boom operator
Anne Le Campion ... adr/foley mixer
Chris Navarro ... adr recordist
Leslie Shatz ... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer
Jean-Alexandre Villemer ... recordist
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Luc Augereau ... visual effects producer
Béatrice Bauwens ... technician: in/out
Kevin Berger ... digital artist
Laurent Borenstein ... digital artist: Mikros Image team
Christophe Courgeau ... digital artist
Sophie Denize ... production coordinator: Mikros Image
David François ... digital compositor
Gilles Gaillard ... digital grading
Justine Gasquet ... digital artist
Mathilde Germi ... production coordinator: L'EST
Glouk ... digital artist
Benoit Holl ... digital artist
Sergeï Lourié ... digital compositor
Basile Maffone ... technician: in/out
Nicolas Rey ... cgi supervisor
Morgan Sagel ... digital artist (as Morgann Sagel)
Agnès Sébenne ... visual effects supervisor
François Vagnon ... visual effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stéphane Afchain ... additional best boy grip
Néwine Behi ... video assist
Arnaud Borrel ... stills photographer
André Bouladoux ... key grip
Emmanuel de Fleury ... second assistant camera
Alain Dondin ... electrician
Roland Dondin ... best boy
Denis Garnier ... additional camera assistant
Jean-Pierre Gesbert ... assistant grip
Jean-Claude Le Bras ... gaffer
Jean-Philippe Marier ... grip
Vincent Muller ... first assistant camera
Stéphane Paillard ... camera operator
Benoît Pain ... second assistant camera
Christian Thurot ... groupman
Yves Vandermeeren ... camera operator
Paco Wiser ... second unit cameraman
Hugues Espinasse ... focus puller (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Christophe Canavaggio ... assistant casting (as Chris Canavaggio)
Michelle Figlarz ... extras casting (as Michelle Guetta)
Muriel Habert ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marisa Aboitiz ... costume supervisor
Catharine Fletcher Incaprera ... costumer: Kate Hudson
Virginie Le Metayer ... on-set costumer
Annie Périer ... associate costume designer
Laurence Royer ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Nadine Chaussonnière ... location manager (as Nadine Chaussoniere)
Bruno Fortune ... assistant location manager
Christopher Gachet ... location scout (as Christophe Gachet)
Bruno Ghariani ... location manager
Isabelle Mascolo ... location scout (as Isabelle de Mascolo)
Cyril Pavaux ... location assistant

Music Department

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Geoff Alexander ... orchestration (as Geoffrey Alexander)
David Bahanovich ... director: early music
Sally Ann Ewins ... orchestra contractor
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor
Gill Townend ... music preparation (as Jill Townend)
Kirsty Whalley ... engineer
Danielle Diego ... music executive (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Patrick Breig ... driver
Jean-Pierre Dulac ... driver
Damien Guillard ... driver

Other crew

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Alberto Abraham Amar ... organization: exteriors
Emilie Barbault ... assistant script supervisor
Sarah Barbault ... assistant: to Kate Hudson/Glenn Close
Anthony Beaudoin ... production financing
Tanya Blumstein ... dialect coach
Susan H. Bodine ... legal services
Françoise Bouillon-Pommerolle ... chief accountant
David Boyle ... Head Of Business And Legal Affairs: Radar Pictures
Fabien Brochard ... production assistant
Andrea F. Cannistraci ... legal services
Melissa Chung ... production coordinator
Alison Cohen ... legal services
Gail de Courcy-Ireland ... dialect coach: for Thierry Lhermitte
Brigitte Evanen ... assistant accountant
Sam S Fernandes ... Marketing and Distribution
Jacqueline Gamard ... script supervisor
Maëlle Genet ... stand-in
Nayeem Hafizka ... electronic press kit
Guillaume Jamet ... product placement
Hosh Kane ... assistant to producer (as Hosh Ibrahim)
Sunil Kirparam ... accountant: UK
Andrew Litvack ... subtitles: English and other valuable assistance
Paula Manzanedo-Schmit ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc.
Abel Monem ... production controller
Christine Musset ... stand-in: Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson
Martine Niquet ... assistant accountant
Vincent Pichon ... production assistant
Bennett Pozil ... production financing
Ayca Sadikoglu ... office production assistant
Albert Setton ... financial advisor
Louis-Charles Sirjacq ... dialogue: French
Chris Terrio ... electronic press kit (as Christopher Terrio)
Kai Wong ... assistant: New York
Steven Carbajal ... office production assistant: New York (uncredited)
William Rabbe ... office production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Bertrand Delanoë ... thanks: Maire de Paris
Otto Fried ... thanks
Christophe Girard ... thanks: Adjoint au Maire de Paris chargé de la Culture
Bertrand Habert ... thanks: Societé Nouvelle d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (as Monsieur Bertrand Habert)
Christian Liaigre ... thanks
Peter Soriano ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 relationships with two men, including one with Charles-Henri's older maternal uncle, the wealthy and well-appointed Edgar Cosset, who is himself already married and who is using the same play-book on her that he has on countless women before her. As groups and individuals within the two families disagree and argue about certain issues they are facing, it does not necessarily affect other issues and relationships between the two families based on their priorities and those cultural and legal standards. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Everything sounds sexier in French. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Divorce (United States, English title)
  • The Divorce (World-wide, English title)
  • Eine Affäre in Paris (Germany)
  • Den franske affære (Denmark)
  • Rozwód po francusku (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $516,834, 10 Aug 2003

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Le Divorce/The Housekeeper/American Splendor/Open Range (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Qu'est-ce qu'on Attend pour Être Heureux ? 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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