3 user

Consentement mutuel (1994)

There is a lot of tension and resentment in Romain's and Jeanne's marriage, but their divorce is amicable. They seem to agree on how to raise their daughter, Madeleine - she will live with ... See full summary »


Bernard Stora


Marie Dedale (story), Philippe Delannoy | 1 more credit »


Credited cast:
Richard Berry ... Romain
Anne Brochet ... Jeanne
Adrienne Winling Adrienne Winling ... Mado
Christiane Cohendy Christiane Cohendy ... La mère de Jeanne
Jean-Claude Bouillon Jean-Claude Bouillon ... Le père de Jeanne (as Jean-Claude Bouillion)
Emmanuelle Devos ... Judith
Marine Delterme ... Ingrid
Charles Berling ... Laurent
Christine Citti ... La soeur de Jeanne
Paul Winling Paul Winling ... Mathias
Aude Briant Aude Briant ... L'institutrice
Annick Blancheteau Annick Blancheteau ... Madame le juge
Nadia Barentin Nadia Barentin ... La directrice de l'école
Catherine Ferran Catherine Ferran ... L'avocat de Jeanne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christian Bujeau ... Directeur De L'agence


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



There is a lot of tension and resentment in Romain's and Jeanne's marriage, but their divorce is amicable. They seem to agree on how to raise their daughter, Madeleine - she will live with her mother and spend every other week-end with her father. But Romain is very controlling and manipulative and is poisoning the arrangement. At first, Jeanne seems to cope with being a single parent, but when she has to put up with Romain's tactics she starts to fall apart. Written by Dan Timis <timis@rahul.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Did You Know?


Referenced in Les 10 Ans de 'La Haine' (2005) See more »

User Reviews

A rewarding, unusual film about a very ambiguous divorce
20 March 2003 | by debblystSee all my reviews

Recently divorced couple Richard Berry and Anne Brochet try to treat each other respectfully in behalf of their 10-year old daughter (Adrienne Winling), but things begin to get nasty. He's a professionally successful, power-driven, persuasive, rational, obsessive kind of man. She's spontaneous, edgy, carefree, somewhat irresponsible, and has the legal custody of their daughter, but is increasingly unbalanced by the convoluted schemes of her ex-husband.

At first, it looks like the usual cliché film about the dire consequences of a divorce, with the child used as a voluntary/involuntary weapon by both. Fortunately, it's rather an intelligent and sensitive portrayal of the nerve-wrecking battles in an apparently resolved but resentful divorce, making mean and revengeful traces emerge in perfectly "normal" people though they try to maintain a civilized "varnish" -- battles which ultimately throw them dangerously off balance.

Well, this is a French film, so there's a LOT of dialog but - thankfully - no scenes of physical violence, child abuse or characters going berserk, as it's usual in Hollywood "bad divorce" flicks. The ambiguous motivations of the characters, with their qualities and objectionable flaws, enrich the film considerably, making you sympathize with each character alternately throughout the film -- and ultimately making it hard for us to decide "who's right".

Although the film apparently takes no sides, as the film progresses we can very much feel that this is not only a movie about two divorcés, but also about family law procedures, social conventions and the clash between "classic" male and female stereotypes. The male character is about reason, objectivity, power, success, money, control; the female character is about spontaneity, freedom, irrationality, sensitivity, subjectivity, lack of control.

The script and direction concentrate on the main couple, but supporting characters are also well drawn and acted, from the woman's parents to the child's teacher, from the man's bored new girlfriend (the beautiful Marine Delterme) to the woman's office-mate and occasional bed-mate (a chubby and unsexy Charles Berling, in one of his first movie roles). The acting is especially fine: the young girl who plays the emotionally torn apart daughter (Adrienne Winling) does a very subtle and effective job. But the warmest "chapeaux" must go to Richard Berry and Anne Brochet for their magnificent performances. Berry, especially, is wonderful to watch as he weaves his spiderweb to entrap his ex-wife, trying to implode her life and sanity with meticulous obsession, a sort of modern-day Charles Boyer in Gaslight.

Filmmaker Bernard Stora's filmography as a writer is more impressive and abundant than as director. I haven't seen any other of the movies he directed -- they haven't reached Brazil, as far as I know -- but the titles already make me drool: "La Corruptrice", "Six Assassins sans Crime", "Un Dérangement Considerable", "Vent de Panique", "L'Inconnu de Vienne".

Don't watch this film if you've been through a recent divorce and your ex-spouse is giving you trouble. Otherwise, you'll enjoy this subtle, witty, involving film.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

14 December 1994 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mutual Consent See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed