The differences in legalities and cultural mores of French and Americans regarding sex, love, marriage, religion and family bonds are presented through the interactions of two families related by marriage. American Isabel Walker heads to Paris to visit her half-sister, poet Roxeanne de Persand, who is early in the pregnancy of her second child. Isabel arrives to find that Roxy's French husband, Charles-Henri de Persand, has just left Roxy, the sisters both eventually further learning that it is because he has fallen in love with another woman, who is herself married. Roxy and Charles-Henri deal with their break-up, which Roxy does not want but must face the legal consequences of, including determining the ownership of what may be a valuable French painting that has been casually in the Walker family for years, but which Roxy has had in her possession since she got married. Meanwhile, Isabel begins to explore all that France has to offer, which includes concurrently embarking on sexual...
A comedy of manners...both good and bad.
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29 August 2003 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $516,834,
10 August 2003
Gross USA: $9,081,057
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $12,991,996
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?
The film was originally set to star Winona Ryder
and Natalie Portman
, but both had to bow out before filming began. They would later go on to appear in Black Swan together. See more
When Isabel gets out of the taxi the driver closes the back, but when Charles-Henri hands the driver his bag the back is open again. See more
[after seeing Isabel's new look at the airport
She looks like something out of "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!".
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Sung by Jane Birkin
Written by Serge Gainsbourg
Arranged by Bruno Maman
and Patrick Goraguer
(c) Ed. Bagatelle / Melody Nelson Publishing
(p) 1996 Mercury (France)
With the permission of Universal Music Projets Spéciaux France See more