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Les Destinées

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  • Actors: Emmanuelle Béart, Charles Berling, Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Perrier, Dominique Reymond
  • Directors: Olivier Assayas
  • Writers: Olivier Assayas, Jacques Chardonne, Jacques Fieschi
  • Producers: Bruno Pésery, Gérard Ruey, Jean-Louis Porchet, Jean-Yves Asselin
  • Format: Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A7FA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,882 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Les Destinées" on IMDb

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The story of a man (a very good performance by Charles Berling) over a 30 year period, starting at the beginning of the 20th century. It explores what matters to him -- the women in his life, his morality, and later his porcelain factory. It poses some important questions; how does one balance morality, passion and being an artist? And when is the pursuit of perfection a vice or a virtue?

There are flaws; some interesting plot lines are simply dropped, and other less interesting ones get more time than they need. Isabelle Huppert, while always good is surprisingly a bit one-note, and Emmanuelle Beart can't really pull off being an old lady.

But this film ultimately felt like more than the sum of its parts. By the end I felt moved and thoughtful, and it's 3 hour length, while deliberate, was never boring.Critics were very divided - some coldly dismissed it as dull and seemed angry at Assayas for betraying his earlier hipper, more energetic films (I'm just impressed by his range), while others, like me, were really taken in by the Dickensian sweep.
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I enjoyed this movie very much. It is a well crafted tale covering a long period of time of this family. It is rather long,approx three hours, but thoroughly enjoyable. It is on my will purchase list.
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