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      The Children of the Century

      Released Sep 13, 2002 2h 17m Drama List
      43% Tomatometer 42 Reviews 68% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Baroness Dudevant (Juliette Binoche) leaves her husband, begins a new life as writer George Sand and has a tumultuous affair with poet Alfred de Musset (Benoît Magimel). Read More Read Less
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      This romance is more soapy than historically compelling.

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      Marta Barber Miami Herald In between all the emotional seesawing, it's hard to figure the depth of these two literary figures, and even the times in which they lived. But they fascinate in their recklessness. Rated: 3/4 Mar 28, 2003 Full Review Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News The emotion is impressively true for being so hot-blooded, and both leads are up to the task. Rated: B Feb 13, 2003 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle The film's appeal has a lot to do with the casting of Juliette Binoche as Sand, who brings to the role her pale, dark beauty and characteristic warmth. Rated: 3/4 Dec 13, 2002 Full Review Kelly Vance East Bay Express For all its transparent outrageousness, filmmaker Kurys' tribute to those free spirits is an entertainment for squares. May 5, 2010 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 24, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      walter m In "The Children of the Century," Aurore(Juliette Binoche) has taken her children to Paris in1832. And then instantly realizes that might have not have been the smartest move when they come across yet another insurrection and are confronted by all the resultant blood in the streets. Still, she does well when members of polite society like actress Marie Dorval(Karen Viard) take them in. Who almost instantly reject them due to Aurore, writing under the name George Sand, preaching some very forward thinking ideas. At least, Alfred de Musset(Benoit Magimel) is paying attention, whenever he is not busy whoring, that is. "Children of the Century" is a handsomely produced and well-acted biopic that seeks to capture the life of an unusual woman living in tumultuous times, with an emphasis on 1830's medicine. As such, Juliette Binoche may not exactly hit the right notes as a drag king but that's okay as George Sand is not quite yet George Sand, as this is near the beginning of her literary career set during one of her many affairs of the heart that is told from her distinctive point of view. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member (** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] The cast is good, but I became bored with the film as it went along. A near-miss. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Plays like a volatile and overlong W magazine fashion spread. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member An example of old-school French Cinema. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member 30 minutes too long. It has it's moments but over all its a cliche French melodrama. I watch it just because of Binoche. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Possibly one of the most complicated love stories of all time; well acted, bravo. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Baroness Dudevant (Juliette Binoche) leaves her husband, begins a new life as writer George Sand and has a tumultuous affair with poet Alfred de Musset (Benoît Magimel).
      Director
      Diane Kurys
      Producer
      Diane Kurys, Alain Sarde
      Screenwriter
      François-Olivier Rousseau, Murray Head, Diane Kurys
      Distributor
      Empire Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 13, 2002, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jan 20, 2004
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $54.9K
      Runtime
      2h 17m
      Sound Mix
      Surround