The Children of the Century (1999)

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A story of doomed passion between two genius writers of the 19th century - novelist George Sand and poet Alfred de Musset.


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  • Benoît Magimel and Karin Viard in The Children of the Century (1999)
  • Juliette Binoche in The Children of the Century (1999)
  • Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel in The Children of the Century (1999)
  • Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel in The Children of the Century (1999)
  • Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel in The Children of the Century (1999)
  • Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel in The Children of the Century (1999)

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10 January 2003 | donalohanlon
7
| Beautiful but Flawed
Diane Kury's oppulent film is a mixed bag. In it's favour it features

real life lovers Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel on excellent

form. As Alfred de Musset Magimel gives us a young man

completely out of his mind on a cocktail of opium and absinthe. A

man deeply creative and talented, but unable to function as a

human being. Binoche's George Sand is a strong a determined

woman. The scene where she finds that Musset may die after

overdosing is wonderfully performed with passion and grandeur.

The film comes alive in her eyes. As filmed by Vilko Filac and

dressed by Christian La Croix, Binoche has never looked more

beautiful or sensual.

However Kurys' direction and her screenplay, co-written by

Francois Olivier Rousseau and Murray Head, lacks direction and

understanding of her period. The brothel scenes are particularly

over the top. Yet her direction of her actor is magnificent.

What is missing from Kurys' film most of all however is Sand and

Musset as writers, as creative masters. There is no sense of their

value in the film beyond their doomed love affair.

Les Enfants du Siecle is a mixed bag, but certainly worth a look.

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Release Date:

22 September 1999

Language

French


Country of Origin

France

Filming Locations

Paris, France

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,044 15 September 2002

Gross USA:

$56,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$381,624

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