LE DIVORCE

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Release Date: August 08, 2003

Starring: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts,
Leslie Caron, Stockard
Channing, Glenn Close, Stephen
Fry, Thierry Lhermitte,
Matthew Modine, Bebe Neuwirth,
and Sam Waterston

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Betsega
Bekele LE DIVORCE centers
around two sisters from
California, Roxy (played by
Naomi Watts) and Isabel
(played by Kate Hudson) who
must face the societal nuances
of French culture and
etiquette. Roxy is newly
pregnant when her French
husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil
Poupaud), leaves her for
another woman. Luckily, Roxy's
sister Isabel arrives that day
in Paris to visit her and ends
up staying on to help her
through the turmoil of her
ending marriage and impending
birth. Roxy says that she does
not believe in divorce and
does not want to grant it to
her husband. Yet, he simply
rebuts, "You said you believed
in freedom and individuality,
but now you are not who you
said you were."
Charles-Henri's blatant
selfishness not only
devastates Roxy, but also his
own family, including his
mother Suzanne (played by
Leslie Caron). Yet, despite
the family's disapproval, they
still support their son and,
when a custody and property
battle ensure, they fight for
half of the couple's property,
including a possible French
masterpiece that belongs to
Roxy's family. To complicate
matters, Isabel is charmed by
Charles-Henri's uncle, Edgar
(Thierry Lhermitte), who is a
distinguished politician but
who, unknown to her, is known
for his flings with pretty
young women. In fact, Isabel's
boss, an American ex-patriate
and author (played by Glenn
Close), recognizes the
expensive "Kelly" bag given to
Isabel as a trinket once given
to her by her former lover,
Edgar. In the meantime, an
angry American (Matthew
Modine) enters the picture. He
is the husband of the woman
with whom Charles-Henri is
having the affair. He refuses
to give his wife a divorce,
just like Roxy has done with
Charles-Henri. However, Roxy
has to give in due to
Charles-Henri and his family's
persistence. Yet, the angry
American simply cannot accept
this same fate for his
marriage, which leads to a
twist that is unexpected and
causes all the parties
involved to come together. LE
DIVORCE appears to be a
romantic comedy on the
surface, but as soon as the
film begins, you are
introduced to an underlying
tragedy that will spark all
the later events - the
impending divorce of Roxy and
Charles-Henri. While many
movies tout the easiness of
divorce and how expendable
relationships have become, LE
DIVORCE explores the
ramifications of divorce and
"following your heart."
Initially, Roxy's French
in-laws are laughing at the
story of an American Senator
who was discovered to have had
numerous affairs with his
secretaries. Freshly wounded
by her husband's departure,
Roxy exclaims, "Why is
adultery and fornication seen
as comedy?" Roxy's attitude
toward divorce and broken
relationships provides a
fresh, transparent balance to
the French attitude, which
simply says "Of course," no
matter how tragic the
offense. LE DIVORCE weighs the
selfishness that comes into
play when individuals neglect
others in order to fulfill
their own desires. In the end,
each character seems to come
to their own peace and find
resolution, yet not without
consequences. This movie
challenges the viewer to
contemplate the seriousness of
relationships without weighing
them down. The comedic aspects
to the film are very fresh,
and the characters are very
engaging. While not all of the
views presented in the movie
are biblical, there is a place
for the Truth to be seen, and
Christians who see LE DIVORCE
can get a powerful
illustration of living by
principle, rather than by
emotion, in the story. Please
address your comments
to: Lindsay Law, President Fox
Searchlight Pictures 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
Division of Fox, Inc. 10201
West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38 Los
Angeles, CA 90035 Phone: (310)
369-4402

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 120 minutes

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Director: James Ivory

Executive Producer:

Producer: Ismail Merchant and Michael
Schiffer EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, and
Erica Huggins

Writer: James Ivory and Ruth Prawer
Jhabvala BASED ON THE NOVEL
BY: Diane Johnson

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Content:

(BB, RoRo, Ab, C, P, L, VV, SS, N, A, MM;) Strong dominant moral and biblical worldview mixed with Romantic worldview where characters live by their emotions and "follow their heart" but the consequences of their actions are shown to be devastating and woman does not believe in divorce; anti-biblical worldview in some character's promiscuity and character says that the anti-abortion view is a "fascist philosophy" (in reality, of course, Hitler and his henchmen supported abortion); Christian references to Saint Ursula who "watched over their family"; patriotic sentiments from Americans who disapprove of French denial of problems; four obscenities; some depicted violence when character slits her wrists and blood is shown and man is murdered (not shown), but dead face is shown; implied adultery with couple shown in bed three times and intense kissing and brief sexual talk; men shown without shirts on and woman shown in lingerie; most characters shown drinking wine and smoking cigarettes, which is common in France; husband is angry and tries to kill wife because she is having an affair, women lie to cover up that husband has left his wife, and disdain for relatives.

GENRE: Romantic Comedy/Drama

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Summary:

LE DIVORCE centers on two sisters from California, Roxy and Isabel, who must face the societal nuances of French culture and etiquette, when newly pregnant Roxy's French husband, Charles-Henri leaves her for another woman. LE DIVORCE weighs the selfishness that comes into play when individuals neglect others in order to fulfill their own desires, but requires extreme caution for its sexual content.

Review:

LE DIVORCE centers around two sisters from California, Roxy (played by Naomi Watts) and Isabel (played by Kate Hudson) who must face the societal nuances of French culture and etiquette. Roxy is newly pregnant when her French husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud), leaves her for another woman. Luckily, Roxy's sister Isabel arrives that day in Paris to visit her and ends up staying on to help her through the turmoil of her ending marriage and impending birth.

Roxy says that she does not believe in divorce and does not want to grant it to her husband. Yet, he simply rebuts, "You said you believed in freedom and individuality, but now you are not who you said you were." Charles-Henri's blatant selfishness not only devastates Roxy, but also his own family, including his mother Suzanne (played by Leslie Caron). Yet, despite the family's disapproval, they still support their son and, when a custody and property battle ensure, they fight for half of the couple's property, including a possible French masterpiece that belongs to Roxy's family.

To complicate matters, Isabel is charmed by Charles-Henri's uncle, Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), who is a distinguished politician but who, unknown to her, is known for his flings with pretty young women. In fact, Isabel's boss, an American ex-patriate and author (played by Glenn Close), recognizes the expensive "Kelly" bag given to Isabel as a trinket once given to her by her former lover, Edgar.

In the meantime, an angry American (Matthew Modine) enters the picture. He is the husband of the woman with whom Charles-Henri is having the affair. He refuses to give his wife a divorce, just like Roxy has done with Charles-Henri. However, Roxy has to give in due to Charles-Henri and his family's persistence. Yet, the angry American simply cannot accept this same fate for his marriage, which leads to a twist that is unexpected and causes all the parties involved to come together.

LE DIVORCE appears to be a romantic comedy on the surface, but as soon as the film begins, you are introduced to an underlying tragedy that will spark all the later events - the impending divorce of Roxy and Charles-Henri. While many movies tout the easiness of divorce and how expendable relationships have become, LE DIVORCE explores the ramifications of divorce and "following your heart." Initially, Roxy's French in-laws are laughing at the story of an American Senator who was discovered to have had numerous affairs with his secretaries. Freshly wounded by her husband's departure, Roxy exclaims, "Why is adultery and fornication seen as comedy?" Roxy's attitude toward divorce and broken relationships provides a fresh, transparent balance to the French attitude, which simply says "Of course," no matter how tragic the offense.

LE DIVORCE weighs the selfishness that comes into play when individuals neglect others in order to fulfill their own desires. In the end, each character seems to come to their own peace and find resolution, yet not without consequences. This movie challenges the viewer to contemplate the seriousness of relationships without weighing them down. The comedic aspects to the film are very fresh, and the characters are very engaging. While not all of the views presented in the movie are biblical, there is a place for the Truth to be seen, and Christians who see LE DIVORCE can get a powerful illustration of living by principle, rather than by emotion, in the story.

Please address your comments to:

Lindsay Law, President

Fox Searchlight Pictures

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A Division of Fox, Inc.

10201 West Pico Blvd., Bldg. 38

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-4402

SUMMARY: LE DIVORCE centers on two sisters from California, Roxy and Isabel, who must face the societal nuances of French culture and etiquette, when newly pregnant Roxy's French husband, Charles-Henri leaves her for another woman. LE DIVORCE weighs the selfishness that comes into play when individuals neglect others in order to fulfill their own desires, but requires extreme caution for its sexual content.

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