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on 9 December 2014
a bit of a weak story line i think.
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on 11 October 2014
Delivered as expected an enjoyable film
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on 31 March 2015
Boring! Thought this was going to be funny, but it was very depressing..I fast forwarded to the end.
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on 19 June 2014
Was overally price to rent or buy then a huge disappointment when watched. Do not buy you will regret it
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on 5 April 2015
Good chick flick for a night with the girls
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on 20 May 2015
Terrible. Nothing happens. Forget it.
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on 24 January 2009
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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on 6 September 2008
This is a film based on a book - something James Ivory the director has done in the past but to better effect than he does here.Visually the film is sumptuous to look at and if you are a fan of painting and fashion and the sights and sounds of Paris I would recommend it to you, but if you are a fan of films that have action or an interesting and intriguing storyline then Le Divorce is not likely to please you.
And I would point Merchant-Ivory fans towards any of their other productions.
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VINE VOICEon 15 February 2004
When I heard about Le Divorce, I was thinking "ah I bet this is going to be a movie for women", well how wrong I was. Le Divorce is quite neutral in that area, and the plot seems to be firmly on it's feet. The trailler wasn't very good either, but when you actually sit down to watch this, you see it has less Hollywood values, and more of a European feel.
Naomi Watts is Roxanne, a poet who moved to Paris to be with her husband; who's obviously not happy with Roxy, and leaves home just as soon as Isabel (Kate Hudson) arrives. But Roxanne is pregnant, and she's trying to keep everything together. Isabel on the other hand, is quite a lady, who goes around seeing two people at the same time. Roxanne and her American poet friend tell Isabel she's going to get hurt, but Isabel is only out for fun. Roxanne, on the other hand, has to put up with a divorce that she doesn't want.
Her parents come over to see what's happened, and they meet the parents of her husband, who are quite the opposite to Roxanne's parents. They don't really seem bothered about adultery, which shows the French/American divide on ideas and concepts, a thing which this film seems to heavily rely on.
They also find out their painting; a Latour is worth a lot of money, so Roxanne's ex wants it, but it belongs to the family, so it's gets tougher for Roxy. Will she make it though?
This isn't a bad movie, but on the other hand it isn't wonderful, and probably won't be picking up awards in Cannes. It's a pleasant tale, but it does lack substance, and the annoying flick from French to English will probably annoy anyone who's not fluent in French. The filming is good though, but nothing revolutionary, nothing special really. The acting isn't bad, Kate Hudson's French accent being better than Niomi's - but still the emotion doesn't seem to be very convincing to me. The soundtrack is very minimal, but when it does show itself - it's very contempary French music, old singers like Patrick Bruel, Johnny Halliday, Serge Gainsbourg and George Auric. Richard Robin's compositions for the movie are excellent.
Great movie for people who love dialogue, but could have been a lot more fun.
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VINE VOICEon 21 January 2007
A word of warning - includes lengthy scenes in french, unless you are fluent you will need to turn on the subtitles.

I was expecting a light hearted comedy, whereas this is more of drama with a few comic moments. Once I adjusted my expecations what followed was an enjoyable contrast of american and french attitudes to life & love.

It shows it roots as a novel, and the adaptation could have been better - sudden jumps where bits have clearly been cut to reduce length. But the performances are all very good - except Mathew Modine, but I think that was more a problem with the script.

No classic, but an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
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