A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.
This is the story of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who came to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut. She becomes involved in his affairs, from the tragic plight of a young concubine to trying to forge an alliance with Britain to a war with Burma that is orchestrated by Britain. In the meantime, a subtle romance develops between them. Written by
Alyssa Milano was originally offered the leading role, but turned it down due to her commitment with the TV series Charmed (1998). See more »
In the scene where Anna first meets the King, the French ambassadors are delivering "a present from the King of France" (in French in the dialogue). In the 1860's France did not have a king any longer: its leader Napoleon III had the title of "Emperor". See more »
She was the first English woman I had ever met. And it seemed to me she knew more about the world than anyone. But it was a world Siam was afraid would consume them. The monsoon winds had whispered her arrival like a coming storm. Some welcomed the rain, but others feared a raging flood. Still she came, unaware of the suspicion that preceded her. But it wasn't until years later, that I began to appreciate how brave she was, and how alone she must have felt. An English woman. The ...
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I do not wish to cloud this review/comment with highs and low's. all i want to say is that this movie, the second time that i see it, has become my favourite. i felt the emotion, i felt the anger, and i felt the forbidden chemistry. i cried. it was lovely. i am not ordinarily a jodie foster fan and Chow yun-fat has up until now escaped my notice. i fell in love with both if them in this movie. chow made a dashing king, his performance wonderful, romantic and...well, i fell in love. haha.
the sets...breathtaking. i also have to add that the children. where did they find them? i fell in love with the them, the little princess, the kings favourite, all the children.
again, my favourite - ever. im so glad i have it on tape, not i can go back and watch it endlessly. yes, the original was great, the later adaptation good too, this, this is different.
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