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Les Destinees (2000)
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Starring: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Julie Depardieu, Catherine Mouchet, Valerie Bonneton, Alexandra London, Andre Marcon, Dominique Reymond, Olivier Perrier, Pascal Bongard
Director: Olivier Assayas
Category: , Foreign
Studio: Wellspring
Subtitles:
English
Length:
174 mins

 
 

 

Love is the most rewarding sacrifice

Directed by Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Cold Water) and based on a novel by a Jacques Chardonne, Les Destinees is a sweeping epic spanning three decades and a world war. Starring Emmanuelle Beart (Mission: Impossible, Manon of the Spring) and Charles Berling (Ridicule, L'Ennui) the film follows the live and loves of Jean Barnery, a provincial gentleman and reluctant heir to his family's porcelain empire.

Jean is introduced in 1900 as the minister to the small Protestant community Barbazac. His marriage is in shambles, and he suspects his wife Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) of infidelity. Soon after they split, Jean meets and falls in love with Pauline, a young girl from his congregation. The two marry and move to Switzerland, where they live until Jean becomes obligated to take over the family business. Upon their return to France, Jean and Pauline find their love tested by the pressures of an increasingly modern world.