Based on the 1997 National Book Award-nominated novel of the same name by Diane Johnson (co-writer of the script for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining), Le Divorce is a romantic comedy from director James Ivory. Revisiting the "Americans in France" theme that Ivory explored in 1998's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, the film stars Kate Hudson as ...
Based on the 1997 National Book Award-nominated novel of the same name by Diane Johnson (co-writer of the script for Stanley Kubrick's The Shining), Le Divorce is a romantic comedy from director James Ivory. Revisiting the "Americans in France" theme that Ivory explored in 1998's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, the film stars Kate Hudson as Isabel Walker. When she receives word that her pregnant poetess sister Roxy (Naomi Watts) has been left by her philandering French husband, artist Charles-Henri de Persand (Melvil Poupaud), Isabel offers her help and moral support. As the depressive Roxy struggles with the separation proceedings -- which include the rights to ownership of a work of art that's a family heirloom -- Isabel takes a job with author Olivia Pace and has a fling with the bohemian Yves (Romain Duris). But things get complicated when the younger, more impudent sister decides instead to pursue Charles' uncle, the snooty, married diplomat Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte), and when a mysterious man (Matthew Modine) starts stalking Roxy. Eventually, the rest of the plucky Walker clan has to come to the aid of the siblings. Stockard Channing and Sam Waterston co-star. Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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This film has a charismatic cast, blue Paris skies, a fraught situation on the Eiffel Tower, and a sense of luxury living, giving it a great feel. Isobel Walker (played effervescently by Kate Hudson) arrives in Paris to be there for her sister, Roxy, (a luminous Naomi Watts) while she is pregnant with her second child. Unfortunately this is the time Roxy's husband chooses to leave her for another woman. The cast is sparkling: Leslie Caron as Roxy's mother-in-law, Thierry LHermitte as the womanising Uncle Edgar, Glenn Close as the older woman, Olivia Pace, who gives Isobel a job, and the girls' parents, Stockard Channing (always watchable) and Sam Waterston. They all strut their stuff to lift the film to a highly diverting level. Isobel begins a dalliance and affair with the carelessly charming Uncle Edgar, while Roxy struggles to bring her husband (Melvil Poupaud) back home from his love nest with a dizzy Russian. It's Paris meeting America, the two cultures clashing in a quasi civilised fashion with a valuable painting attributed to Georges de La Tour, placed unjustly in the centre of the property settlement.
All the stars above-mentioned work together to make if not an extraordinary movie, then a highly entertaining one. And oh! Paris!