The Children of the Century

Critics Consensus

This romance is more soapy than historically compelling.

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Baroness Dudevant (Juliette Binoche) leaves her husband, begins a new life as writer George Sand and has a tumultuous affair with poet Alfred de Musset (Benoît Magimel).

Cast & Crew

Benoît Magimel
Alfred de Musset
Karin Viard
Marie Dorval
Isabelle Carré
Aimée d'Alton
Denis Podalydès
Sainte-Beuve
Marie-France Mignal
Madame de Musset
François-Olivier Rousseau
Writer (Screenplay)
Murray Head
Writer (Screenplay)
Diane Kurys
Writer (Screenplay)
Christian Lacroix
Costume Designer
Vilko Filac
Director of Photography
Bernard Vézat
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Critic Reviews for The Children of the Century

Audience Reviews for The Children of the Century

  • Jan 01, 2015
    In "The Children of the Century," Aurore(Juliette Binoche) has taken her children to Paris in1832. And then instantly realizes that might have not have been the smartest move when they come across yet another insurrection and are confronted by all the resultant blood in the streets. Still, she does well when members of polite society like actress Marie Dorval(Karen Viard) take them in. Who almost instantly reject them due to Aurore, writing under the name George Sand, preaching some very forward thinking ideas. At least, Alfred de Musset(Benoit Magimel) is paying attention, whenever he is not busy whoring, that is. "Children of the Century" is a handsomely produced and well-acted biopic that seeks to capture the life of an unusual woman living in tumultuous times, with an emphasis on 1830's medicine. As such, Juliette Binoche may not exactly hit the right notes as a drag king but that's okay as George Sand is not quite yet George Sand, as this is near the beginning of her literary career set during one of her many affairs of the heart that is told from her distinctive point of view.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2010
    Visually, this is beautiful. Binoche gives a strong performance as Sand, Magimel is solid as an impetuous, and depraved, de Musset. Costumes, and backdrops, are spectacular. The acting top notch. So why wouldn't I love it? I suppose it's the-- I love him, I hate him, I love him, I hate him, I love him, I hate him, I love him....2.5 hours later, the end. This pretty much sums up this movie for me.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2008
    A desperately tragic overly romanticised film. It's a wonderful piece of costume drama that relishes in the recreation of the 19th century. The dialogue is at the front of a well plotted screenplay, which excellent sparring words between Binoche and Magimel. It really does successfully show a couple who are not right for each other but can't control their absolute pure love for one another. Magimel's defiance of his family is to be expected in such a film, but his genuinely moving connection with Bincohe's children is a wonderful sight. It's hard to discern between Magimel's sometimes madness and his selfishness. Like watching a car crash in slow motion the outcome is inevitable, and Bincohe's sudden relationship with the Italian doctor isn't developed enough to make it belieavble. As this is such an important part it affects the rest of the film in a negative way. Impressive though long winded.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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