26 March 2003 | donalohanlon
Was average, could have been great!
Claude Berri began filming this movie in 1996 with Daniel Auteuil
and Juliette Binoche. Berri and the headstrong Binoche came to
(creative) blows over script changes. He wanted to make it more of
a love story, she wanted it to remain more factual and so in a move
unheard of in French cinema he fired his leading actress, who
also happened to be the biggest French star in the world. A few
monthe later she won an Oscar for The English Patient and berri
recast his movie with Carole Bouquet in the lead.
Bouquet is a talented actress, but not in the same league as the
extremely gifted Binoche. Auteuil as usual gives a fine
performance, but the whole excersise seems leaden down by
Binoche and Auteuil went on to star together in Leconte's
altogether better La Veuve de Saint-Pierre