With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.
Richard E. Grant
With the sudden death of her loving father, Danielle is made a servant by her new stepmother. She also has two new stepsisters, one quite kind but the other one really horrid. Still, Danielle grows up to be a happy and strong-willed young lady, and one day her path crosses that of handsome Prince Henry, who has troubles of his own at home. Luckily the nice Leonardo da Vinci is on hand to help all round. Written by
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The glass slippers were made by Salvatore Ferragamo. See more »
Prince Henry exclaims that Danielle is marrying a Belgian. Belgium was established in 1830 as a buffer between France and Germany, to prevent them from going to war so often. Before 1830, the area was a collection of villages that were repeatedly occupied by various European kingdoms. The name Belgium comes from a tribe who lived there during Julius Caesar's conquests of Gaul. He wrote, "Of all Gauls, the Belgians are the bravest." (De Bello Gallico, book I, 1.3). See more »
[as Danielle hurries away]
Have we met?
I-I do not believe so, Your Highness.
I could have sworn I knew every courtier in the provience.
Well... I am visiting a cousin.
Yes, you said that. Which one?
Th-the only one I have, sire.
Are you coy on purpose or do you honestly refuse to tell me your name?
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"Ever After" is a wonderfully imaginative romance. It's a classic Cinderella tale set in 16th-century France and revolves around an independent young woman named Danielle. Although she works as a servant for her stepmother, Danielle is anything but weak and subservient. She is passionate and strong-willed, qualities that lead her to the French court dressed as a wealthy courtier to save a man's life. There she meets the handsome Prince Henry, who is jaded by his suffocating royal lifestyle. He is fascinated by Danielle and her thirst for life and adventure, and they fall deeply in love - but her jealous stepmother will do anything to keep them apart.
Drew Barrymore turns in a stunning performance as Danielle. Her emotions are raw and realistic and she gives the character charm, wit, and beauty.
Anjelica Huston brings a third dimension to her role as the "evil" stepmother, who is usually just portrayed as a flat character. In this movie she is an ambitious mother who would do anything to make her own daughter a queen.
The Prince is also usually a pretty flat, cliché character, but Dougray Scott brought a refreshingly human side to him and portrayed his struggles and conflicts very well.
The script is strong for a romantic fairy tale and the cinematography is gorgeous. There is one scene in which Danielle is floating on her back in the river, a dreamy and breathtaking moment that describes her carefree nature perfectly. The music composed by George Fenton is lovely - I recommend the soundtrack for this movie too, especially "Walking On Water."
A wonderful movie for all lovers of romance! 10/10
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