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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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.


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

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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ESP 73,280,628 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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During the evening banquet on the second day, there are fireworks. The music played and sung (heard) is 'Music for the Royal Fireworks'. G. F. Handel composed this piece in 1749. The movie is set in 1671. It had not been composed by that time. See more »

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Gourville: [Condé is gambling with the King] Is the Prince losing his chateau?
Marquis de Lauzun: Not if he plays his cards wrong.
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Contredanse
(from "Les Indes galantes")
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performed by L'Orchestre 'La Tempesta' by Patrick Bismute
Conducted by Jean-Michel Bernard
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Not such a swell party
18 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The biggest French box-office disaster in memory (it wiped out the massive profits of Asterix et Obelix Contre Cesar and nearly took Gaumont with it), this pretty much completes Roland Joffe's unbroken post-The Mission run of box-office and artistic failure. This is the kind of film Martha Stewart or Delia Smith might appreciate, but few others will. It all starts off so well. So well that I was wondering why this has such a bad reputation, but it quickly became apparent that it really was just a film about a three-day party seen from the point of view of the caterers. The fact that the party is thrown for the Sun King gave it plenty of visual opulence, but the lack of substance became more and more apparent as it dragged on towards the third day - it's definitely one of those party's that goes on way too long and which you should have left much earlier while it was still in full swing. When one of the characters kills themselves because there aren't enough fish to go around and the script strains to turn it into an act of revolt against a world where nobility of the spirit counts less than accidents of birth, you know that someone's reading a little too much into it.

Gerard Depardieu looks alarmingly unhealthy throughout, Tim Roth gives a very bored reprise of his Rob Roy party piece and the wooden Uma Thurman is borderline disastrous/vaguely competent (the scene where she stops the wind by force of will is one of the most laughable pieces of face pulling in recent years). The supporting cast fare better - mostly Brits like Julian Glover, Timothy Spall, Richard Griffiths and Julian Sands. Shot in English, it is very odd to note that Depardieu is dubbed for the odd few words (but rarely full sentences) by another, very British sounding actor. Maybe he was too ill to make the ADR sessions. It's lavish and you can see where the money was spent, you just can't see why.


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