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Duchess de Langeais

1 rating: 5.0
A movie based on one of Honore de Balzac stories.

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1 review about Duchess de Langeais

This is "the one"

  • May 21, 2009
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There are men and women who win beauty pageants, conquer the world, win competitions or do really really well in college.
And then there are the ones that take our heart.
This is the movie that is the one  you either forget as you've never seen it or fall in love with for the rest of your life, to the very bottom of your heart.
The classic Balzac story is not adapted - it's cherished on to the screen.
The movie is slow-paced, unrushed, just like the life rythm of nineteen century Paris, it's bulding up emotional intensity contrasting the unhurried pace.
The lengthy passages that make readers roll their eyes and  wish to skip pages transfer onto the screen as wonderful, thoughtfully accentuated details.
What I loved about this movie is that the story was told without any fear of being percieved as too cheezy or undigestable for our emotionally desensitized yet psychologically overly educated culture.
Was it love or passion or vanity or confusion of a heart lost in all three?
Does it matter?
I loved the fact that the heroine didn't flaunt a cookie-cutter beauty yet one couldn't take eyes off of her. I've seen women more beautiful, I hardly saw women more alive.
I could go on and on about this movie which would make my review as long as one of Balzac's stories thought hardly as brilliant...
If you love Balzac you should find this movie to be a rare, unforgettable treat.

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May 21, 2009
Thanks Yana! I love Balzac...I've got to see this movie! Did you see it in Russian, English, or French?
May 21, 2009
Thanks for the review! This sounds like my kind of movie. Adding it to my queue!
May 21, 2009
hey Yana... i like the way you picked a movie that you think people will either love or forget about it completely. that type of content works so well within Lunch!! Awesome!! It really helps to build out the similarity network.
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