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Les Destinees (2002)



Critic Consensus: The long, epic Les Destinees is too slow and tedious to justify its running time.

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The acclaimed director of Irma Vep and Late August, Early September, Olivier Assayas returns with Les Destinées, a lush costume drama that reaches across three decades and two world wars. The story centers on Jean Barnery (Charles Berling), a Protestant minister whose family owns a Limoges porcelain factory. After Barnery splits from his wife, Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, who may or may not have committed adultery, he meets Pauline (Emanuelle Béart), a very young woman who becomes his greatest love in life. However, this love is repeatedly tested, both by societal upheaval and strict Protestant mores, and the couple are forced to struggle with their devotion to one another.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jacques Chardonne, Olivier Assayas, Jacques Fieschi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
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Emmanuelle Béart
as Pauline Pommerel
Charles Berling
as Jean Barnery
Isabelle Huppert
as Nathalie Barnery
Olivier Perrier
as Philippe Pommerel
Dominique Reymond
as Julie Desca
André Marcon
as Paul Desca
Alexandra London
as Louise Desca
Jean-Baptiste Malart...
as Frederic Barnery
Mathieu Genet
as Max Barnery
Valérie Bonneton
as Arthur Pommerel's wi...
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Critic Reviews for Les Destinees

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (21)

A massive undertaking and an accomplished piece of filmmaking in a solid tradition of intelligent, meticulous literary adaptations.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Top Critic

Assayas is masterful in using offscreen sounds to conjure up a novelistic sense of milieu and in handling various ceremonies, and the film's lush texture explains why he called it his anti-Dogma film.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ambitious, efficient, sensitive, but a little disappointing.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

More than a few of us would show up for the chance to see and hear Huppert and Beart read from the Limoges telephone directory. Assayas can count himself lucky for that.

September 13, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

Opens at a funeral, ends on the protagonist's death bed and doesn't get much livelier in the three hours in between.

September 13, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The movie is relentlessly gorgeous, and brims over with color, light and movement like a room-filling Monet canvas.

Full Review… | September 12, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Les Destinees


[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"School of Flesh" starts out with a wealthy fashion executive, Dominique(Isabelle Huppert) who wanders into a nightclub with a friend one night and meets a bisexual hustler(Vincent Martinez). She returns a couple of nights later and returns home with him. Now, I can understand why that would happen but why honestly continue the affair with somebody as shallow as he is, if it is only physical? Also, is this something that Dominique does on a weekly basis or is it part of a midlife crisis? I think, director Benoit Jacquot's conclusion might be something more negative, considering the movie's ending. This might be a statement on how a successful businesswoman cannot commit to a relationship. "School of Flesh" is a curiously flat movie about an affair that goes on too long.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=red]"Les Destinees" is an epic drama that starts in 1900 with a funeral(for the 19th century?) and continues until 1930. It focuses on a protestant minister, Jean Barnery(Charles Berling) who is in exile from his prosperous family of porcelain makers and his relationship with a young woman, Pauline(Emmanuelle Beart). At the start of the movie, Barnery is in the process of separating from his wife, due to an unspecified scandal. The movie tries to be a sprawling epic but we never learn much about any characters except for Jean and Pauline. All the other characters just seem extraneous and come and go as they please. But on the other hand, we did learn a great deal of how to make pottery and bourbon.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

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