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UPDATED August 28, 2003
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(2003), PG-13 --Charles-Henri is a cad...
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Merchant-Ivory Productions
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director(s): James Ivory
Producer(s): Rahila Bootwala, Paul Bradley, Ted Field, Richard Hawley, Erica Huggins, Scott Kroopf, Ismail Merchant, Michael Schiffer
Written by/Screenplay: Diane Johnson (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay, James Ivory (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Lhomme
Music: Richard Robbins, Georges Auric, Carla Bruni, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Serge Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg, Paul Misraki
Film Editing: John David Allen
Casting: Annette Trumel
Production Design: Jacques Bufnoir, Frédéric Bénard
Viewed At: AMC - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas
Roxeanne de Persand (Naomi Watts) is an American-born poet living in France with her French husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud). But Charles-Henri decided his pregnant wife was not good enough for him, or that a saucy little Russian performer was better [1Cor. 7:2]. Though Roxy does not want a divorce, Charles-Henri is bound and determined to have his freedom from his commitment to Roxy. [Mal. 2:16, Matt. 19:9] The presence of the Russian performer's vengeance-seeking husband was prominent as well. So prominent that the estranged husband becomes a significant threat to Charles-Henri. And others. [Prov. 6:25 - 35]
Charles-Henri's mother, Suzanne (Leslie Caron) is not very happy with Charles-Henri. Not because of the divorce as much as the timing of it. One just does not leave a pregnant wife. But Charles-Henri is a cad, so what do the honorable things matter? Roxy's sister, Isabel Walker (Kate Hudson) who has come to France from America initially attempts matrimonial espionage through Charles-Henri's mother Suzanne's smooth-talking, political dynamo, married brother, Edgar Cosset (Thierry Lhermitte) by being his mistress [Ezek. 16:58]. But as one-night stands turn into a live-in affair, Isabel finds herself becoming attached to Edgar. Edgar bought Isabel a Kelly purse! A Kelly purse is the highest possible social badge for a woman in France. Who could help but love a man who gave such gifts just for some sex? [Prov. 30:20] Oh, what a web we weave... While everybody is trying to run Roxy's life and fix all her problems for her, she tries to kill herself. While pregnant no less. [Ex 20:13]
The show hinges on estate settlement, of one significant piece in particular. A supposedly valuable painting worth about $40,000 owned by the Walker estate, on loan to the de Persands through marriage. At least Roxy is told the painting is worth about $40,000. But by the sneaky works of Isabel, they find it is worth £4.5 million. British. At about $1.6 US per pound, such a tidy sum of $7.2 million would settle just about any marital friction, especially when the husband is ... I won't spoil it it for you in case you decide that the listing of ignominy in the Findings/Scoring section is acceptable for your family.
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Single Christian Network
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|