At slightly more than three hours, this movie version is just half of what the consortium of Canadian and French companies shot for the television market. The film purports to be a history of Louisiana as seen through the eyes of a doughty heroine (Kidder), who married three men and kept
her promise to maintain her family manse, known as "Bagatelle." Now, if the story of a tough woman in the Deep South in the 1800s sounds familiar, you're absolutely right. Forty years go by, and we see Kidder age gracefully as she marries, has affairs, gives birth, battles, and winds up with the
one man who has stuck with her through thick, thicker, and thickest (Charleson). This s...