Michael Sauter
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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