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  • Summary: An architect (Depardieu) accepts an assignment in Tangiers, in the hope of picking up his relationship with an old flame (Deneuve).
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. This magnificent pair are the heart of Techine's film, and the sense of frayed, aging beauty and handsomeness they now carry helps project the picture's main theme: the imperishability of true love.
  2. Volatile and sometimes daring performances by Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Gilbert Melki, Malik Zidi, and Lubna Azabal (as twins) contribute to the highly charged and novelistic experience.
  3. A thoughtful and reflective love story about the impact of time on true love.
  4. 67
    There's something uniquely pleasurable about watching a director in total command of his craft, even when that craft is in service of a scattershot melodrama with pale intimations of social relevance.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    While incontrovertibly light compared to contemporary master of melodrama Andre Techine's best work, this 2005 romance is best enjoyed as the welcome reunion of two of French cinema's most beloved stars.
  6. If the title, knee-jerk cast, pop-song intro, and schmaltzy plotline of his new film Changing Times is any indication, he's (André Téchiné) now the French mainstream, the premier Gallic pilot of high-toned soap opera.
  7. Techine doesn't have much of a story to tell, so instead of moving the narrative forward, he expands it laterally.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AlexisD.
    Jul 18, 2006
    Swirlling and human film. It's charged and moving. I loved it. Nice to see Deneuve and Depardieu together again. Téchiné is brilliant. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 18, 2006
    Truly a gem! It's indecisive and free. Very enjoyable film.
  3. LixyP.
    Jul 28, 2006
    Techine is a masterful director of actors, excelling in making you care about all the characters and their lives (the least interesting being the central plot, and Depardieu's character). Remarkably satfisying, even though--or because?-- the stories are left open-ended. Expand