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(2003), PG-13

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
August 26, 2003
63 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2003), PG-13 --Charles-Henri is a cad...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Merchant-Ivory Productions
Distribution (US): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director(s): James Ivory
Producer(s): Rahila Bootwala, Paul Bradley, Ted Field, Richard Hawley, Erica Huggins, Scott Kroopf, Ismail Merchant, Michael Schiffer
Written by/Screenplay: Diane Johnson (novel), Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (screenplay, James Ivory (screenplay)
Cinematography/Camera: Pierre Lhomme
Music: Richard Robbins, Georges Auric, Carla Bruni, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Serge Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg, Paul Misraki
Film Editing: John David Allen
Casting: Annette Trumel
Production Design: Jacques Bufnoir, Frédéric Bénard
Viewed At: AMC - Hulen, Fort Worth, Texas

Roxeanne de Persand (Naomi Watts) is an American-born poet living in France with her French husband, Charles-Henri (Melvil Poupaud). But Charles-Henri decided his pregnant wife was not good enough for him, or that a saucy little Russian performer was better [1Cor. 7:2]. Though Roxy does not want a divorce, Charles-Henri is bound and determined to have his freedom from his commitment to Roxy. [Mal. 2:16, Matt. 19:9] The presence of the Russian performer's vengeance-seeking husband was prominent as well. So prominent that the estranged husband becomes a significant threat to Charles-Henri. And others. [Prov. 6:25 - 35]

Charles-Henri's mother, Suzanne (Leslie Caron) is not very happy with Charles-Henri. Not because of the divorce as much as the timing of it. One just does not leave a pregnant wife. But Charles-Henri is a cad, so what do the honorable things matter? Roxy's sister, Isabel Walker (Kate Hudson) who has come to France from America initially attempts matrimonial espionage through Charles-Henri's mother Suzanne's smooth-talking, political dynamo, married brother, Edgar Cosset (Thierry Lhermitte) by being his mistress [Ezek. 16:58]. But as one-night stands turn into a live-in affair, Isabel finds herself becoming attached to Edgar. Edgar bought Isabel a Kelly purse! A Kelly purse is the highest possible social badge for a woman in France. Who could help but love a man who gave such gifts just for some sex? [Prov. 30:20] Oh, what a web we weave... While everybody is trying to run Roxy's life and fix all her problems for her, she tries to kill herself. While pregnant no less. [Ex 20:13]

The show hinges on estate settlement, of one significant piece in particular. A supposedly valuable painting worth about $40,000 owned by the Walker estate, on loan to the de Persands through marriage. At least Roxy is told the painting is worth about $40,000. But by the sneaky works of Isabel, they find it is worth £4.5 million. British. At about $1.6 US per pound, such a tidy sum of $7.2 million would settle just about any marital friction, especially when the husband is ... I won't spoil it it for you in case you decide that the listing of ignominy in the Findings/Scoring section is acceptable for your family.

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  • 1Cor. 7:2 But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
  • Mal. 2:16 "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel,...
  • Matt. 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife [divorce his wife], except it be for fornication [extramarital sex], and shall marry another, committeth adultery:...
  • Prov. 6:25 - 35 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life. Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished. Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself. Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.
  • Ezek. 16:58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness [zimmah {zim-maw'} or zammah {zam-maw'}: not chaste, incest, licentiousness, adultery, idolatry, harlotry] and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
  • Prov. 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman [OR man]; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
  • (KJV) Ex 20:13 Thou shalt not kill. (NIV) You shall not murder. [Suicide is murder of the self. And in this case is murder of the unborn child.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it]. [I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.


    Le Divorce (2003) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • considering abortion
  • intimidation
  • attempted suicide which includes attempted murder of unborn child
  • firearm for offense
  • murder victim

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 6 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • cheap regard for marriage
  • shallow inhibitions against adultery and fornication
  • marital discord
  • divorce proceedings throughout
  • hateful name-calling and accusing
  • rudeness

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • merchant speaking of reproduction to strange woman customer
  • man and woman in bed, ostensibly for intercourse, repeatedly
  • adultery, frequent
  • encouraging adultery
  • request for long-term sex
  • belly skin
  • ghosting of female anatomy through thin clothing
  • speaking of sexual immorality in a positive way
  • strutting to entice
  • talk of sexual exudates
  • still photo nudity
  • inappropriate touch

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • bar
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • four uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by firearm (unseen)

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