Les enfants du siècle (The Children of the Century)
Les enfants du siècle (The Children of the Century) (1999)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1999
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This romance is more soapy than historically compelling.

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Plays like a volatile and overlong W magazine fashion spread.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

For all its transparent outrageousness, filmmaker Kurys' tribute to those free spirits is an entertainment for squares.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

The emotion is impressively true for being so hot-blooded, and both leads are up to the task.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It's technically sumptuous but also almost wildly alive.

Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)

It's beautiful, typically French, and a bore.

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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.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Kurys never shows why, of all the period's volatile romantic lives, Sand and Musset are worth particular attention.

John Dolen
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Is this love or is it masochism? Binoche makes it interesting trying to find out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Visually, this is beautiful. Binoche gives a strong performance as Sand, Magimel is solid as an impetuous, and depraved, de Musset. Costumes, and backdrops, are… More
Luke Baldock
A desperately tragic overly romanticised film. It's a wonderful piece of costume drama that relishes in the recreation of the 19th century. The dialogue is… More
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… More