Madame de Maintenon rises from humble beginnings to become a courtesan to the royal court and eventually marries King Louis XIV. With the king's indulgence, Maintenon opens a special school for girls.

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Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Simon Reggiani ...
The Abbot
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Anne Marev ...
Madame de Brinon
Ingrid Heiderscheidt ...
Sylvine de la Maisonfort
Nina Meurisse ...
Lucie de Fontenelle
Morgane Moré ...
Anne de Grandcamp
Bernard Waver ...
Gobelin
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François de Réans
Jeanne Le Bigot ...
Lucie (child)
Mathilde Lechasles ...
Anne (child)
Alain Hinard ...
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Musicienne et chanteuse 'Esther'

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Madame de Maintenon rises from humble beginnings to become a courtesan to the royal court and eventually marries King Louis XIV. With the king's indulgence, Maintenon opens a special school for girls.

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And the award for best hairpieces goes to...
24 May 2000 | by (Montpellier, France) – See all my reviews

I like period pieces, and this film has plenty of history (late 17th-century France, Louis XIV), setting (Normandy) and elaborate costumes (including various hairpieces). There is some interesting insight into Madame de Maintenon, the mistress-cum-wife of the king (whose devotion to Catholicism most certainly influenced her husband's repression of the Protestants in France). The acting is marvelous, perhaps most notably among the younger girls, who progress from speaking their local patois (Provencale, Languedocien, etc.) to "proper" French as Madame sees to it that they become educated young ladies. My 20th-century-trained ear found it a bit difficult to understand all of this proper French, but I did enjoy the film.


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