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Balzac

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Balzac's childhood is marked by a difficult relationship with his mother, Charlotte-Laure (Jeanne Moreau), whose strident criticism and inability to show affection are not abated when he reaches adulthood. Balzac begins to gain the confidence he needs through his relationship with a wealthy society matron, Madame de Berney (Virna Lisi), but in time he abandons her when he falls in love with Countess Eva Hanska (Fanny Ardent), who already has a husband. When Madame de Berney dies, Balzac is filled with remorse, and his sorrow inspires him to create some of his greatest work; his writing finally gains the acceptance of the mass audience, and Balzac achieves the fame and wealth he's always wanted. However, Balzac's spending soon begins to outstrip his income, and his new celebrity begins to wane when critics respond coolly to his work.

Drama > Mini-Series

Theme(s):
Mini-Series / Biopic
Producer(s) & Channel(s):
GMt productions / TF1 / Taurus Films / Mediaset / DD productions
Director(s):
Josée Dayan
Actors(s):
Gérard Depardieu, Jeanne Moreau, Fanny Ardant
Year:
1999
Versions:
French
Nationality:
France
Available rights:
French-speaking territories

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