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Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent) (2004)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 15

A restless mix of cultural and emotional turmoil provides the backdrop for this exhilarating and uncomfortable story about the consistancy of long lost love.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 6

A restless mix of cultural and emotional turmoil provides the backdrop for this exhilarating and uncomfortable story about the consistancy of long lost love.



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Thirty years after their romance ended, a Antoine tries to win back the first love of his life. When he finds her again, he discovers she has changed much more than he could have imagined.

Oct 3, 2006


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French director Andre Techine sketches a family with the usual flaws, but takes the unusual step of not fixing them.

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Volatile and sometimes daring performances by Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Gilbert Melki, Malik Zidi, and Lubna Azabal (as twins) contribute to the highly charged and novelistic experience.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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... another gorgeous and immensely satisfying reminder that there are few better directors than Techine when it comes to capturing the vagaries of the heart.

August 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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If Changing Times' last shots don't touch you, your heart may be frozen.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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... more drily sociological than dramatic.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Despite its weaknesses, Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent in French) is always watchable and even poignant from time to time.

August 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Here, the times are changing and so is the plot. In fact, you can expect a mood swing every five minutes, in a story so muddled even the strong cast, including Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve, can't save it.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

This poignant, flashback flick, is worthwhile for the opportunity to see a couple of seasoned pros, its very well-acquainted leads, Oscar-nominees Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve, opposite each other again, for the seventh time in their careers.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

All but devoted cineastes will be disappointed.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Clash of characters in love set against a clash of civilizations.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source:

Techine would have been better off ditching the supporting characters altogether and focusing on the relationship between Antoine and Cecile.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[Techine's] observations of culture clashes... are thought-provoking but - like most of the movie - keep the audience emotionally separated from the characters' hearts.

December 1, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

A spare but rich film from French master technician Andrà (C) Tà (C)chinà (C).

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[a] strangely moving love story

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Techine is so intrigued by the dramatic differences between the sisters that you might not even notice they are the same actress.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Téchiné back in form with this engrossing tale of the inconvenient passions that bubble beneath the surface among people who have accepted bourgeois compromise.

August 10, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

Frenchman Techine proves again that he's a master of crafting seemingly ordinary events into a unique and exilarating world, and he's greatly helped by his superlative actors, Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve (in her fourth film with him).

August 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A surprising entertainment for the mature among us.

August 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
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Audience Reviews for Changing Times (Les Temps Qui Changent)

[font=Century Gothic]"Changing Times" starts with Antoine(Gerard Depardieu) arriving in Tangiers to oversee the building of a broadcast facility of a moderate Muslim satellite network. He is also in town to see his old flame, Cecile(Catherine Deneuve), who he has not seen in more than thirty years and still pines for. Cecile who works as a DJ for a radio station has moved on and is now married to Nathan(Gilbert Melki), a doctor. Her grown son, Sami(Malik Zidi), has just arrived from Paris along with his girlfriend, Nadia(Lubna Azabal), and her son, Said(Idir Elomri). Sami goes off to have sex with his old lover, Bilal(Nadem Rachati), a caretaker, while Nadia seeks to repair the rift between her and her estranged twin sister, Aisha(Lubna Azabal).[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Changing Times" is an interesting but unfocused movie about a postcolonialist world where there is less separating Eastern and Western cultures as time goes on. For example, Aisha is a devout Muslim but works at a McDonald's. But it is very hard to take one's eyes off the two stars(who still have it after all of these years) and when Deneuve and Depardieu are not onscreen, their presence is deeply missed.[/font]
July 15, 2010
Walter M.

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A moderately poignant patchwork.
December 31, 2006

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A bit of an emotional puzzle but I really enjoyed it. The ending was quite sweet.
July 15, 2010

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