Children of the Century

Released 1999


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Children of the Century

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Diane Kurys
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Children of the Century is a film set in the early 1830's in France. Baroness Dudevant has suddenly left her husband and comes to Paris with her children in tow as rioting divides the city. Then, she decides she needs to start over and life her life to the fullest, so she pursues a career as a writer; she decides to change her name to George Sand, and begins wearing clothes modeled after men's suits, and smokes cigarettes while penning manifestos disapproving the standards of marriage and affirming a woman's right to sexual satisfaction, very risky topics. Soon, Alfred de Musset a noted author finds her rash nature interesting and they become first friends, then lovers as he helps her craft her literary efforts. However, Sand is six years older than de Musset, which leads to a severe conflict with his family; the couple heads to Venice in search of escape and inspiration, but Alfred decides that he prefers the city's brothels to George's company and that they should keep separate rooms from now on. George makes the acquaintance of an Italian doctor, Pagello who she then has a passionate affair with; the realization that he's driven her into the arms of another man proves too much for Alfred, who returns to France. Eventually, George leaves Pagello and gives Alfred another chance which may not be the best decision.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    In scope, ambition and accomplishment, Children of the Century therefore takes Kurys' career to a whole new level.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Though well dressed and well made, ultimately falls prey to the contradiction that afflicts so many movies about writers. What makes them so fascinating, so representative, cannot ...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A generally old-fashioned costumer that runs out of gas even faster than does the tempestuous love affair between writer George Sand and poet Alfred de Musset that it so devotedly ...

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