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Le Divorce
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by Elaine Perrone

"This movie should have been annulled."
1 stars

Save for a breathtaking tour of Paris, Le Divorce is a mess, scattered and unfocused, and, at 125 minutes, way overlong.

Stuffed with uninvolving subplots about poets, a painting, and purses (with an Hermes Kelly bag getting its own "Red Balloon" moment over the Parisian rooftops), and an overheated one about a messy divorce and a murderous husband, a terrific cast is completely wasted in what had all the potential and pedigree (Merchant-Ivory) to be a delightful romantic comedy of manners but instead is just a muddled farce.

Particularly given short shrift are Stockard Channing, who has the thankless task of playing American frump foil to Leslie Caron's French snob, and the marvelous Bebe Neuwirth in an inexplicable cameo as a Getty Museum curator. Glenn Close appears in a completely superfluous capacity, on hand, so far as I can determine, just to throw an aging American hippie into the mix of characters.

Kate Hudson, who, for me, has never demonstrated the talent or the screen presence to become anything more than a starlet, plays an especially reprehensible character. As Isabel, the younger sister of Roxeanne (a criminally wasted Naomi Watts), who is going through an acrimonious divorce, she blithely enters into an affair with her sister's soon-to-be-ex-uncle-in-law Edgar, a French politician (Thierry Lhermitte).

Conversely, the immensely talented Matthew Modine simply evokes embarrassment for his participation here, as a murderous stalker, the spouse of the Russian dancer who ditched him for Roxanne's husband.

Seen through the lens of cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, Le Divorce is a gorgeous movie, no question about it, but, for me, it had that sure kiss of death: I started looking at my watch about 30 minutes in and must have checked it at least four times after.

If you want to see Paris on screen, my tip would be to pass on this underheated cassoulet, and rent Charade, Diva, or The Day of the Jackal instead.

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originally posted: 07/23/04 14:24:34
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User Comments

6/26/19 David Baker Pretentious crap 1 stars
4/02/12 Goldie Hawn I think Kate Hudson is stunning, but 15 secs of her is more than enough for me. 2 stars
1/25/09 Nathan Anyone who finds this movie anything but shitty is too dumb to ever talk to 1 stars
5/03/06 Alainb i love this film kate hudson is verry great on this film... 5 stars
5/06/05 Colleen Goldrick If your divorced you'll chuckle 4 stars
9/18/04 CharWar This is an awful movie - what were these 2 great actresses thinking?! 1 stars
7/24/04 S.F Le crap ! 1 stars
7/24/04 Monster W. Kung Cra; what kind of movie is this anyway, comedy, drama, romance? What the hell? 2 stars
4/30/04 mornaiguy There's absolutely no tension in this movie, nothing to keep your attention. 1 stars
4/17/04 Aldo quite possible, the worst flick ive ever seen :( 1 stars
3/02/04 mary not at all what i expected it to be like!!!! was long and boring with no proper storyline 2 stars
2/25/04 john wallace what a waste of talented actors. Superficial characters but beatufully photographed. 2 stars
12/29/03 Chris The cast sounded great, alas the film is not. 2 stars
11/29/03 Helen Bradley great film acting and script 5 stars
9/13/03 Stephanie Great Scenery Wasted Actors and Plot 2 stars
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  08-Aug-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 27-Jan-2004



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