Le Divorce (2003)
In this modern-day comedy of manners, American sisters Isabel and Roxy come face to face with the complicated social mores of French society. Pregnant and jilted by her scoundrel husband, Roxy is headed for divorce, while Isabel leaps into l'amour with a married French diplomat who happens to be the uncle of Roxy's soon-to-be-ex. Culture clash and scandal ensue as the sisters learn what it really takes to be an American in Paris.
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Critic Reviews for Le Divorce
Quite le drag.
This is an insignificant film with a passably entertaining premise that goes wildly to hell the instant it strays from its comic ideals with brief, unsatisfying detours into the realms of art and high-end lingerie.
It is a well-dressed film filled with thought and sly observations.
It pokes along like a Renault on an interstate, lacking drama or momentum.
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.
A delightful blend of American sensibility and French chaos in a movie that is sunny, surprising and consistently entertaining.
The movie is least successful when it tips from semi-serious to too-serious.
Its annoying need to be witty, profound, funny, and charming at all times makes what could have been a smart comedy a tiresome exercise in pleasing its audience.
At the end when we should be thinking about love and lessons of maturity, we are left with Isabel shrugging off her latest mistake and charging headlong into who-knows-what.
It's difficult to find a character to connect with.
I saw this AFTER I watched Gigli, and it's STILL the worst film I've seen in the last twelve months.
...the ending does nothing to dispel the feeling that one has just wasted 117 minutes of one's life on empty gestures.
[E]ven fans of the filmmakers will be hardpressed to consider this one of their great ones.
...[T]here is such an availability for space in which to work...dramatic or comedic, that Ivory leaves the living room floor open...without ever actually filling it.
Emerges as one of those concoctions in which the ingredients prove tastier than the finished dish.
A polished, if inconsequential, piece of film-making, and a welcome antidote to less subtle portrayals of Franco-American relations.
too many undeveloped plot strands and a dozen too many famous faces, who keep popping up and then disappearing like some kind of star-studded carousel.
Helmed by a modern auteur and featuring a stellar case, "Le Divorce" could have been a good film... but ironically it fell prey to lack of direction.
While Le Divorce does not attain the excellence of [previous Merchant/Ivory films'] interpersonal relationships, it certainly features an intelligent story complemented by fine work by a dizzying array of gifted actors...
Le Divorce has more subplots than a casino has slot machines. That's the problem. This is not a bad movie; it's an overstuffed movie.
Sets a gentle and conciliatory mood that takes a lot of the starch out of the love-hate relationship between France and America.
Oh sure, on paper, this all looks glamorous and tempting. But in reality, it is tiring and surprisingly boring.
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