Les Destinees (2002)
as Pauline Pommerel
as Jean Barnery
as Nathalie Barnery
as Philippe Pommerel
as Julie Desca
as Paul Desca
as Louise Desca
as Frederic Barnery
as Max Barnery
as Arthur Pommerel's wife
Critic Reviews for Les Destinees
A massive undertaking and an accomplished piece of filmmaking in a solid tradition of intelligent, meticulous literary adaptations.
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.
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.
Opens at a funeral, ends on the protagonist's death bed and doesn't get much livelier in the three hours in between.
Audience Reviews for Les Destinees
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.
[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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