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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
Princess de Condé
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ...
Jérôme Pradon ...
Marquis d'Effiat
Nathalie Cerda ...


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.

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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 »


Effiat quotes Melville's Captain Ahab (Moby Dick) when playing with the whale, but it was another 200 years before Melville wrote Moby Dick. 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 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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a true "living movie"
26 August 2000 | by (Rome, Italy) – See all my reviews

One of the best film I've ever seen. The story of Francoise Vatel, the Condé's Master of Cerimonies, and the King's three days visit at Condé's Castle. This is truly a living movie, because of the soul that R. Joffé was able to put inside it. An amazing G. Depardieu, together with the whole excellent cast and the wonderful sets and costumes, gives us the taste of Vatel's life. His thoughts, his hearth and his death appears to us in all their poetry. The screenplay by T.Stoppard and J.Labrune is touching, the dialogues are perfect, the actors are amusing, the music by E. Morricone is quite good. All mixed by the directing of Joffé. A strange masterpiece.

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