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Confession of a Child of the Century (2012)

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Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father's death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is ten years his elder. ... See full summary »

Director:

Sylvie Verheyde

Writers:

Alfred de Musset (novel), Sylvie Verheyde (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Brigitte
Pete Doherty ... Octave
August Diehl ... Desgenais
Lily Cole ... Elise
Volker Bruch ... Henri Smith
Guillaume Gallienne ... Mercanson
Karole Rocher Karole Rocher ... Marco
Rhian Rees ... Madame Levasseur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joséphine de La Baume ... Desgenais's Mistress
Rebecca James ... Voice Over
Kristian Marr Kristian Marr ... Desgenais' friend
Effi Rabsilber Effi Rabsilber ... Cantatrice
Julia Schmelzle Julia Schmelzle ... Maîtresse
Kathrin Anna Stahl Kathrin Anna Stahl ... Chanteuse
Diana Stewart ... Brigitte's aunt
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Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father's death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is ten years his elder. Octave falls in love passionately, but will he have the courage to believe in it? Written by Production

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France | Germany | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bekenntnis eines jungen Zeitgenossen See more »

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Budget:

€4,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Charlotte Gainsbourg refused to do promotion for the film. See more »

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Version of La confession d'un enfant du siècle (1974) See more »

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Not a "french" movie
1 July 2016 | by namelessfarmfcSee all my reviews

This is an anglo-saxon movie presupposed on The Romanticism of the Early 1800 's of Northern France. Scenes of Celtic Brittany and Germany give it away clearly. The movie is a polemic of sorts showing a viewer that love is either death or life. The obvious and tedious even grating truth is that is is both and neither. Charlotte's genius suffers and still shines through amongst a college theater seeming ensemble type who enjoy dressing up in period pieces for their own enjoyment.

Why it was made to seem "big"? Not sure. Cannes seems to pick out some movies just because they nod French, sad really, but i suppose they highlight aspects of France's vast cultural influence, how ever trite and shallow they may portray it. Does anyone ever ask if it really serves the purpose then?


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