Le Divorce

My Old Addiction

BB.5

(out of 5)


In this latest offering from the team of Merchant Ivory, a young American woman (Kate Hudson) arrives in Paris to be with her newly pregnant sister (Naomi Watts), a poet who lives in the fair city with her French painter husband.  Hudson’s arrival is greeted with the husband’s departure when he decides to leave Watts for another woman; she tries to be supportive of her now-abandoned sister, but can’t help but be taken in by the magnificence of Paris and in particular the opportunity to become the mistress of an older, conservative politician (Thierry Lhermitte). The politician is related to Watts’ ex-husband, unfortunately, and their relationship might screw up the process of the divorce, the central argument of which is the ownership of a priceless painting that Watts brought into the marriage but now might be split up between them…

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