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Le Divorce

2006-03-30 12:13

When two American sisters become caught up in the intimate intrigue of Paris, cultures and human passions collide - and the result is a comedy of manners and morals, money and marriage, sex and sorority.

Le Divorce follows the journey of Isabel Walker (Kate Hudson), a quintessential young Californian newly arrived in the City of Light to visit her pregnant sister, Roxeanne (Naomi Watts). A darkly romantic poet, Roxy has just been jilted by her scoundrel husband, Charles-Henri de Persand (Melvil Poupaud), and it appears they are headed for "le divorce."

Meanwhile, Isabel leaps into l'amour with a married French diplomat (Thierry Lhermitte) who happens to be the uncle of Roxy's soon-to-be-ex. As scandal ensues, the American idealism and irrepressible spirit of the Walker sisters comes up against the French sophistication and stubborn rationalism of the Persand family. Complicating the two families' relations is a painting in Roxy's possession that is discovered to be worth millions of dollars. And then, quite suddenly, a crime of passion disrupts all the scheming and culture clashes - and opens up new possibilities for understanding.

Based on the best-selling novel by Diane Johnson, Le Divorce is a new twist on the classic American-in-Paris theme. Le Divorce reveals the rich complexity of the two cultures - and their compellingly different attitudes toward morality, sex, food, fashion, and the very pursuit of life. But at its core, Le Divorce is really about its irrepressible heroine, Isabel Walker, who arrives in Paris to help her sister - only to have her own desires and viewpoint on the world changed forever.

What the critics are saying:

"...too wrapped up in its convoluted plot to provide anything more than trifling insights."
- Neil Smith, BBCi

"Though not as witty or accomplished as you'd expect from its pedigree, Le Divorce provides welcome relief from the lame-brained trash Hollywood has foisted on the public this summer."
- Jonathan Foreman, New York Post

"It's all perfectly pleasant, but the movie lacks an urgent dramatic pulse, or a clear sense of whose story it's supposed to be, or even, from scene to scene, whether it's meant to be a comedy, drama or thriller."
- Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Merchant and Ivory have tried to cram too much plot into this Americans-in-Paris caper. The result is uneven and confusing, but charming none the less.

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wandi 2006-12-07 11:26 AM
le divorce i loved the movie and i have watched it many times. we need more movies with similar themes on women and i think many film makers could use it as inspirations.

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