MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,156 this week

Vatel (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  10 May 2000 (France)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 5,914 users   Metascore: 44/100
Reviews: 44 user | 29 critic | 13 from Metacritic.com

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 »

Director:

Writers:

, (English adaptation)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 02 Dec 2010
 
a list of 26 titles
created 17 Feb 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 02 Jun 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 27 May 2014
 
a list of 100 titles
created 3 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Vatel" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Vatel (2000)

Vatel (2000) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Vatel.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

City of Joy (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins, Om Puri
Goodbye Lover (1998)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ben and Sandra are hot and provocative lovers, but Sandra is unfortunately married to Ben's younger brother Jake, and soon Jake will find out about Ben.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Patricia Arquette, Dermot Mulroney, Mary-Louise Parker
Silver Hawk (2004)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Lulu Wong lives a double life - part urban social butterfly, part vigilante superhero.

Director: Jingle Ma
Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Kôichi Iwaki, Brandon Chang
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man marries an heiress for her money even though he is actually in love with her friend.

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Uma Thurman, Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An affair between a young woman and a pastor has disastrous consequences.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Demi Moore, Gary Oldman, Robert Duvall
You and I (2011)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Two teenage girls, Janie who is American and Lana who is Russian, fall in love after meeting at a t.A.T.u concert and are swept into a dangerous world of obsession, drug abuse and murder.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Mischa Barton, Shantel VanSanten, Anton Yelchin
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Reckless desire wreaks havoc over Memorial Day weekend as a family confronts the volatile and fragile nature of love. Inspired by Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," set in rural New England in 1984.

Director: Christian Camargo
Stars: Katie Holmes, William Hurt, Allison Janney
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox, Uma Thurman
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia
Drama

Chilling, archetypal, epic love story about an infamous pact made between a young woman and the devil in the sixteenth century that plays out today against the backdrop of social media.

Directors: Hubert de La Bouillerie, Roland Joffé
Stars: Robert Loggia, Grace Zabriskie, James Scott
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Charlie Cox, Wes Bentley, Dougray Scott
Comedy | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A woman recently released from prison and a strange young female street urchin keep running into each other on the streets of Paris and finally become companions in a very strange and very ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette
Stars: Bulle Ogier, Pascale Ogier, Pierre Clémenti
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Gourville
...
...
Murray Lachlan Young ...
Hywel Bennett ...
...
Dr. Bourdelot
...
Princess de Condé
...
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ...
Jérôme Pradon ...
Marquis d'Effiat
...
Alcalet
Nathalie Cerda ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

10 May 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

I kongens magt  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

ESP 73,280,628 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Louis XIV: Peace with the Dutch is good for nothing, except tulips.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinema Goes to Dinner (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the year's best films
17 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Roland Joffe's "Vatel" does something few movies can do these days: it takes you to a place you've never been before.

The French made film has Louie XIV visiting a poor province ruled by an improverished prince, who must put on spectacular entertainment fit for the Sun King. There's more than the King's time at stake here, though, for Louie wants the prince to lead his army, should France go to war with Holland, and the Prince desperately needs Louie's financial help, to save his nearly brankrupt province.

Enter the prince's chief steward, Vatel, played by Gerard Depardiue. A combination French chief extraordinaire and showman supreme, he not only serves up unbelieveable meals, but also puts on shows that would out do James Cameron, and does it on a much smaller budget. From pop up lawn decorations to fire works extravaganzas that would shame the Chinese, Vatel displays a genius for spectacle that will literally leave you breathless.

"Vatel" the movie includes lots of court intrigue and some fine acting from those carrying it out. Deparidieu delivers an unexpected performance as Vatel. Rather than the explosive, temperamental French chief, he plays this 17th century showman as a harried administrator who is trying keep a lot of balls in the air at the same time he must navigate the tricky waters of French politics. It's an understated performance in which much of what is going on is behind his eyes (and probably in his stomach ulcers) rather than on the surface.

His protagonists are Julian Sands as the petulant,devious King and Tim Roth as the chief court intriguer, kind of an early version of a political advance man. Uma Thurman is a lady in waiting who has caught all three men's eyes.

All are good, but what sets "Vatel" off is the visuals which give you a look at spectacle the likes of which this writer had never before seen. This film should walk away with all the set design, costume design and effects Oscars hands down. It is one of the most incredible visual experiences in film history. See it in the theaters, though, and not squashed into a TV screen.


36 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anne de Montausier itskarinwithani
trailer song green-eyed-lady29
Region 2 DVD? canarydownthemine
Trailer music bardintraining
Location dickdata41
What Philippe says about Vatel seeing into his soul bobbymcdoodle
Discuss Vatel (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?