Binoche and Magimal, who both give intense performances, became a real-life couple after working on "Children of the Century." The film is far more successful in showing the passionate nature of Sand and de Musset's love affair than in developing their characters for a modern audience. The screenplay, co-written by Kurys, disappointingly lacks the complexity of her earlier autobiographical films. While the production details are lavish, film has little insight into the historical period and its artists, particularly in how Sand developed a notorious reputation. Starring Juliette Binoche, Benoit Magimel and Stefano Dionisi. Directed by Diane Kurys. Written by Francoise Olivier Rousseau, Marray Head and Diane Kurys. Produced by Diane Kurys and Alain Sarde. An Empire release. Drama. French-language; subtitled. Unrated. Running time: 118 min.