Do you want to feel closer to God? Go see Le Divorce. It may be far from a spiritual experience, but it’ll have you praying for it to be over within an hour. Le Divorce features Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, and Glenn Close and is a complex “comedy” of errors. In the movie, Isabel (Hudson, Alex & Emma) arrives to visit her pregnant sister, Roxy (Watts, The Ring), in Paris just as Roxy’s husband is leaving her. Charles-Henry, the husband, wants a divorce but Roxy does not. This causes problems for her because French divorce laws are different from American laws. If she doesn’t consent to the divorce it is possible that her husband will get their children and property.
Roxy brought a painting of St. Ursula, a family heirloom, with her to France when she got married. Her family wants to lend it to museums and there is some debate about whether or not the painting is by La Tour, a famous French painter. Now Charles-Henri’s family wants the painting, putting Roxy in a tight situation.
To add to the confusion, Isabel gets involved with Charles-Henri’s married, older uncle, Edgar (Thierry Lhermitte, The Dinner Game). Edgar is a prominent figure in French politics who has a thing for extramarital affairs and younger women. He gives a Kelly bag in the beginning and a Chanel scarf in the end. Isabel receives both.
To make matters even more complicated, Tellman (Matthew Modine, And The Band Played On), an American man and the husband of the Russian who Charles-Henri is leaving Roxy for, is chasing Roxy around. He wants to gang up with her to get revenge on their spouses, but he can’t get her to listen to him and he’s getting more and more desperate as time goes on.
Here’s the good news, before I bring out the “pan”. This is a visually beautiful movie. It’s shot in Paris, how could it be anything else. It features cobbled streets, famous sights, rose-colored lights, etcetera, etcetera. It also features French fashion that is to die for. Now, here comes the bad news…
Le Divorce is a painfully complicated movie that comes off like a bad soap opera. It just isn’t any good. The characters aren’t likable, the acting isn’t phenomenal by any means, and there is absolutely no chemistry between Hudson and Lhermitte. Not even a cast of known American and French actors could save this movie. In short, Le Divorce, c’est horrible.
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