Le Divorce is a popular movie produced in the year 2003 directed by James Ivory. The screenplay was written by Ruth Jhabvala, based on Diane Johnson’s best-selling novel by the same name.
The story is a romantic comedy where the central character (Kate Hudson) plays the role of an American “Isabel Walker” who is supposed to visit her sister in Paris.
The sister’s husband is about to leave her for his Russian girlfriend (who is apparently married).
To add to the complication, Isabel starts two affairs with 2 French guys of 2 different social classes. The film revolves around Isabel’s sister’s (Roxy) fight with her estranged husband over the French community property laws and ownership rights.
One of the best scenes involve Isabel worrying about how she’s getting fat and needs to lose weight. It’s a sort of a fight between the real and reel life where we don’t know where the actress ends and where the real life drama begins. To her credit, it doesn’t look at like Kate Hudson needs to lose any flab, she’s simply too beautiful. But I guess with all the rage currently to get back in shape, for e.g. just look at what women are trying here and here, it only makes sense to add it to a movie and sort of ‘cash in’ on the buzz.
All in all, the film is fantastic, and only serves to remind us of the simple joys of life.
a film by JAMES IVORY “LE DIVORCE” based on the novel by DIANE JOHNSON
starring STOCKARD CHANNING, GLENN CLOSE, ROMAIN DURIS, STEPHEN FRY, KATE HUDSON, SAMUEL LABARTHE,
THOMAS LENNON, THIERRY LHERMITTE, DANIEL MESGUIICH, MATHEW MODINE, BEBE NEUWIRTH, MELVIL POUPAUD,
NATHALIE RICHARD, CATHERINE SAMIE, SAM WATERSTON, NAOMI WATTS
costume designer CAROL RAMSEY production design FRÉDÉRIC BÉNARD editor JOHN DAVID ALLEN
music RICHARD ROBBINS director of photography PIERRE LHOMME line producer RAHILA BOOTWALA
executive producers TED FIELD SCOTT KROOPF ERICA HUGGINS co-producers PAUL BRADLEY, RICHARD HAWLEY
producers ISMAIL MERCHANT MICHAEL SCHIFFER screenplay RUTH PRAWER JHABVALA & JAMES IVORY directed by JAMES IVORY
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