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Sentimental Destinies (les Destinees) (2002)



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

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In the early 1900s, a former clergyman divorces his wife, marries another woman and settles in Switzerland. When he must return to France to take over the family porcelain business, the move affects his second marriage.


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 Malartre
as Frederic Barnery
Mathieu Genet
as Max Barnery
Valérie Bonneton
as Arthur Pommerel's wife
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Critic Reviews for Sentimental Destinies (les Destinees)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (21)

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

March 3, 2008 | Full Review…
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.

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

Ambitious, efficient, sensitive, but a little disappointing.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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 | Rating: 2/4
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 | Rating: 2/4
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

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

September 12, 2002 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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