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Balzac: A Life of Passion

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Balzac: A Life of Passion

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
200 minutes
performer:
Gerard Depardieu, Jeanne Moreau
director:
Josee Dayan
distributor:
Fox Lorber
author:
Didier Decoin
genre:
Biopic

We gave it a C+

As portrayed in the lavish French miniseries Balzac: A Life of Passion, the great writer Honoré de Balzac had a weakness for aristocratic women, gourmet feasts, objets d’art, and, of course, his work. But though the robust Depardieu is ideal, the surrounding biopic feels rather subdued. Monsieur Balzac spends too much time with his muse, and not enough with an eclectic succession of lovers (Virna Lisi, Katja Riemann, Fanny Ardant). C’est dommage. C+

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