Le Divorce 2002

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LE DIVORCE, based on the novel by Diane Johnson, is a contemporary Merchant/Ivory production that explores the fundamental differences between Americans and the French, especially in matters of the heart and manners. Isabel Kate Hudson is a brash, outspoken Californian who travels to Paris to help her pregnant expatriot sister Roxeanne Naomi Watts.

Starring:
Kate Hudson
Runtime:
1 hour 57 minutes

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Le Divorce

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director James Ivory
Starring Kate Hudson
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. H. on 16 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
If you are fond of linear plots in which one event leads to another and the whole leads to a more or less apparent conclusion, "Le divorce" is not likely to leave much of an impression on you. It is not even one of those typical Merchant Ivory films which hark back nostalgically to Victorian England or the times of the Raj. "Le divorce" is something like a voyeur peep into the life of two families, one upper-crust French, the other high-brow American, which are bound together by the couple whose marriage is drifting apart. The plot's dramatic flair has not been exploited enough, but as a work of art the film is delicious, especially if you like anything French: superb decors, shots of Paris, the understated stardom of a plush Hermès Kelly bag and Leslie Caron's appearance as the embodiment of French chic and cartesian rationale...all these things should appeal to you. Glenn Close is also breathtaking as ever as the American writer who after many years of living in Paris has impeccably assimilated the best of both cultures. This is not a film for a rainy afternoon or for people who seek to beguile their jaded senses. It is a film for the dilettanti, the bon vivants, to be savoured fully like a vintage bordeaux.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Glenville on 24 Jan 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I purchased this because I had seen a trailer for it on another movie. I had not read the reviews on Amazon.Like another unconventional movie "Unconditional Love" this is the kind of plot, cast, and mood which either charms and amuses or irritates and drives the viewer mad. Like certain kinds of food it is a love or loathe. I have watched it twice in swift succession. It has some real mistakes in pacing, plot jumps, and that indecisive "is it a comedy or a drama" quality which drives some people mad. Well get real - life is a mix of both and even the things which irritate me about this movie are redeemed by great casting, strong scenes and great style - both in the use of Paris as a backdrop and the french family lifestyle. So...............I cannot recommend this film BUT I like it a lot. This may not help you to decide to buy it or not but it gives you a clue as to why the stars vary so wildly in the reviews. I was going to give it 4 stars but decided 3 out of 5 was closer to the balance it deserves.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
Had I not been watching LE DIVORCE with my wife, who seemed marginally entertained, I would likely have walked out.
As the film opens, American Isabel Walker (Kate Hudson) is passing through Immigration at Charles DeGaulle Airport in Paris. She's in town to stay with her newly pregnant sister, Roxeanne (Naomi Watts), who's married to Frenchman Charles-Henri de Persand (Melvil Poupaud). Unfortunately, Isabel literally arrives at her sister's residence just as Charles is leaving his wife for another woman. He departs in the same cab that deposits his sister-in-law on the doorstep.
As it turns out, Charles is having an affair with Magda, a married Russian girl. Charles wants a divorce; Roxeanne doesn't. Charles comes across as a real piece of bandini. Rather than provide her sister with support, or maybe even just scratch Charles's eyes out, Isabel starts her own affair with fifty-something Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), an uncle to Charles on his mother's side.
The apparent point of this film is to spotlight the differing French and American cultural attitudes towards marriage, sex, divorce, and extra-marital affairs. (Well, duh!) Is it a comedy or a drama? It's hard to tell, and doesn't succeed at either because, except for Roxeanne (with whom an American audience will perhaps strongly sympathize), there are no engaging characters whatsoever. Moreover, several are absolutely useless to the storyline, e.g. an expatriate American writer played by Glenn Close, her scruffy house painter, Magda's jarringly unpleasant and mentally disturbed husband (Matthew Modine), and the Walker parents (Stockard Channing and Sam Waterston).
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
The City of Light is certainly full of it -- "Le Divorce" brims over with gorgeous scenery, light-filled streets, and dozens of minor aesthetic details. The plot is fairly flimsy, and most of the acting requires little stretching, but it's an amusing piece of anti-romantic fluff.

Hippie-esque Isabel Walker (Kate Hudson) is coming to Paris to look after her pregnant sister Roxy (Naomi Watts). But Isabel walks into the building just as her brother-in-law Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud) walks out -- for good. He wants a divorce so he can marry a seductive Russian married woman but Roxy puts her foot down and won't give him a divorce so easily.

As the two wrangle over the custody of priceless art and their two kids (one still unborn), Isabel slips into a fling with Charles-Henri's sexy middle-aged uncle Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), while working for one of his former flings (Glenn Close). As the divorce nears and emotions work to a boil, the separation is granted in an unexpected way...

"Le Divorce" is not quite a romance per se. Instead it's more of a comedy of manners and a societal satire all in one. Not a very barbed satire, but it calmly skewers the hypocrisies and mores of French civilization. One particularly enticing subplot is Leslie Caron's bigoted character, who automatically sides with her scuzzy son rather than her wronged, pregnant daughter-in-law. Unfortunately, whenever this starts to rev up, it takes a backseat to "Kate Hudson's Shopping Spree in Paris."

The direction is pretty solid, making the atmosphere tense or lightweight when it needs to be.
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