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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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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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$36,000,000 (estimated)

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$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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Louis XIV: Peace with the Dutch is good for nothing, except tulips.
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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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4 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I simply never get enough of this film. It's one of the few that I have to re-watch, every so often.

Now, one of the things that struck me most strongly was the fact of Vatel and Anne's goodness -- this, in spite of where Louis' example might have led them -- with the people who worked with them.

The scenes with Vatel and Colin; with Anne and Louise... especially the one where Louise drops the vase that Vatel sent to Anne (and Anne says "It's alright, Louise... it's alright") ... these are made almost painfully beautiful by the contrasting scenes with the aristocrats running amok.

But, Vatel's words come back to me here: "Harmony and Contrast -- All beauty comes from those two things".


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