Vatel (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  10 May 2000 (France)
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In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Murray Lachlan Young ...
Hywel Bennett ...
Dr. Bourdelot
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ...
Jérôme Pradon ...
Marquis d'Effiat
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In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the steward, Vatel, a man of honor, talent, and low birth. The prince is craven in his longing for stature: no task is too menial or dishonorable for him to give Vatel. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity, he finds himself attracted to Anne de Montausier, the king's newest mistress. In Vatel, she finds someone who's authentic, living out his principles within the casual cruelties of court politics. Can the two of them escape unscathed? Written by <>

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Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 May 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

I kongens magt  »

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$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,136 (USA) (29 December 2000)


ESP 73,280,628 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. See more »


At the start of the garden feast, the music begins with a brief woodwind duet. Though the two musicians play oboes, the oboes make the sound of recorders. See more »


Louis XIV: You look pale, Prince. Are you ill?
Prince de Condé: Your Majesty is gracious to enquire.
Louis XIV: Yes.
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Referenced in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) See more »


Temple sacré
(from "Hippolyte et Aricie, Tragédie lyrique en cinq actes et un prologue, Prélude Acte I,
Scène 1")
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performed by Arielle Dombasle
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Visually stunning look at the technology and society of "Court"
20 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film's production value is in league with the best sci-fi films; yet it was a legit piece about European Court in the 17th Century and the impact of the monarchical system of government on love, money, culture and politics. If you've ever experienced an unrequited or forbidden (not illicit) love, you'll empathize with the plight of François Vatel, played by Gérard Depardieu, whose performance is characteristically excellent. The movie's historical elements offer a surprising look at the available technology, even if the applications were anticipated. The love story is not original (stations interfere with true, but conflicted, love), but the context and visual surroundings -- and the fact that it is historically based -- add an unexpected dimension to the viewing, which is best appreciated on a large screen.

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