Les enfants du siècle (The Children of the Century)
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Les enfants du siècle (The Children of the Century)
While pioneering pre-feminist author George Sand has been the subject of several film biographies focusing on her ten year relationship with Frederick Chopin, Les enfants du siècle looks at an earlier period in Sand's life, in particular her stormy romance with poet Alfred de Musset. In the early 1830's, Baroness Dudevant (Juliette Binoche) has abandoned her husband and arrives in Paris with her children in tow as rioting divides the city. The Baroness decides to reinvent herself and pursue a career as a writer; she renames herself George Sand, begins wearing clothes modeled after… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Plays like a volatile and overlong W magazine fashion spread."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"For all its transparent outrageousness, filmmaker Kurys' tribute to those free spirits is an entertainment for squares."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Benefits not only from Filac's cinematography but also from the two leads, whose chemistry is immediately apparent."
‑ Andy Klein, Dallas Observer
"Binoche and Magimel are perfect in these roles."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"The emotion is impressively true for being so hot-blooded, and both leads are up to the task."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"It's technically sumptuous but also almost wildly alive."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's beautiful, typically French, and a bore."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"A bit of a downer and a little over-dramatic at times, but this is a beautiful film for people who like their romances to have that French realism."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Aggravating and tedious."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Kurys never shows why, of all the period's volatile romantic lives, Sand and Musset are worth particular attention."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Is this love or is it masochism? Binoche makes it interesting trying to find out."
‑ John Dolen, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"While the production details are lavish, film has little insight into the historical period and its artists, particularly in how Sand developed a notorious reputation."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"The art direction and costumes are gorgeous and finely detailed, and Kurys' direction is clever and insightful."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
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