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Balzac: A Passionate Life (1999)

Balzac (original title)
A man who created great literature from the adventures of his own life - and the women at the heart of it. Although gruff, unsophisticated, and far from handsome, Balzac exerts an irresistible fascination on women.

Director:

Josée Dayan

Writer:

Didier Decoin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Honoré de Balzac
Jeanne Moreau ... Charlotte-Laure
Fanny Ardant ... Eve Hanska
Virna Lisi ... Madame de Berny
Katja Riemann ... Laure d'Abrantès
Claude Rich ... Maitre Plissoud
Gert Voss ... Victor Hugo
Sergio Rubini ... Eugene Sue
François Marthouret François Marthouret ... Docteur Nacquart
Marianne Denicourt ... Adèle Hugo
Gottfried John ... Count Hanska
Pascal Vannson Pascal Vannson ... Paradis
Hervé Briaux Hervé Briaux ... Charles Sedillot
Didier Lesour Didier Lesour ... Surveillant Bossu
Enguerran Demeulenaere Enguerran Demeulenaere ... Balzac Enfant
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Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his unsuccessful attempts to make money out of printing and publishing books. Balzac never gives up, however - even though his dissolute lifestyle keeps landing him in trouble with his creditors. To finally gain acclaim for his works and to earn enough money to survive, Balzac works like a man possessed, day and night, to the brink of exhaustion, drinking liter upon liter of coffee to keep himself awake. The passionate author also tends to go to excess in affairs of the heart - he has several woman friends at the same time, all of them very different from each other. They include the kind, caring and elderly Madame de Berny, and the egotistical, ambitious Laure d'Abrantès, who introduces Balzac to the salons of upper-class society. Balzac's heart belong to just one person alone, however: Eve Hanska, a ... Written by Anonymous

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He burned with ambition. He lived for passion.


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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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admirable work
13 May 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

it is not a surprise. but the right film about Balzac. smart because it does not gives a statue. seductive because Depardieu - who could be , in admirable manner, each great hero -, has the chance in this film to work with the best partners. especially, off course, Fanny Ardant who gives the most inspired countess Hanska who you imagine. it is a memorable film for the grace who translates a life. for the precision of nuances. for cinematography, for the flavor of period, for the impressive story of a man and his women, his art and his vulnerability. a film who must see. not for discover Balzac. but for an useful kick to read, again, his work.


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Language:

French

Release Date:

23 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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(2 parts) | | (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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