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:
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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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2.35 : 1
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The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. See more »


William of Orange is referred to as "King of Holland". He was Stadhouder of the Seven United Netherlands, never King of Holland. See more »


Marquis de Lauzun: The king sends you his complements. And he begs the favor of taking a cup of chocolate with you in your room at midnight.
Anne de Montausier: With me?
Marquis de Lauzun: [into her ear] May I offer you my congratulations. Although, as you can imagine, that came as a great blow to me. After tonight I cannot hope for deliverance from the pain of my own desires. So, may I suggest my rooms at ten?
Anne de Montausier: Alas, monsieur, ten o'clock I have an even more attractive offer. Her Majesty has asked me to delouse her spaniel.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


L'Air d'Absalom
(from opera "Absalom")
Composed by Giovanni Paolo Colonna
Performed by Gemma Coma-Alabert, mezzo-soprano, L'Orchestre 'La Tempesta' by Patrick Bismute
Conducted by Jean-Michel Bernard
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31 August 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Vatel" is a French period film with Depardieu as the title character, a master steward under the crown of King Louis XIV whose job it is to put on feasts and spectacles for the pleasures of royalty. Typical of director Joffe, the film peers deep into the character of Vatel, around whom swirl politicking and wickedness, with such depth and dimension as to make the plot of secondary importance. Replete with sumptuous sets, elegant costuming, and epicurean delights, the film fills the eye and whets the palate as few films can while it paints a portrait of a sensitive and honorable man who makes the supreme sacrifice for dignity.

A superb watch for those into period films painted with delicate brush strokes and subtle nuances.

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