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Vatel (2000)

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

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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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10 May 2000 (France)  »

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Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,136, 25 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,464, 4 March 2001
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The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

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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a true "living movie"
26 August 2000 | by 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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