Sentimental Destinies

2000, Drama, 3h 0m

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The long, epic Les Destinees is too slow and tedious to justify its running time. Read critic reviews

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A divorced Protestant minister (Charles Berling) and his lover (Emmanuelle Béart) keep their love strong as the world changes around them.

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  • Mar 13, 2017
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][/color][/font] [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]
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  • Mar 13, 2017
    Meticulous.period detail marks this chronicle of the lives in Temptations of a husband and wife entrenched in the French porcelain industry from the 1890s through World War II. The subject seems a little strange for someone to be passionate enough to make such an expensive and expansive movie about, but I was drawn into it's novel like story developments and enveloped within the time and place. You probably won't learn more about making upscale decorative plates and cups unless your visit the Delft factory yourself.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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