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Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Diane of Meridor, aged 23 years, lives a happy country life with her father. For the first time, Diana has her coming out ball, organized by the count of Monsoreau, who, in spite of being much older than her, wants to make her his wife, having a possessive and jealous love for the young woman. The duke of Anjou takes Diana in the ball, and tries to abuse of her exercising his prerogatives of being the brother of the king. Monsoreau will take advantage of this fact in his favor, and kidnaps de lady. He explains her father that Duke of Anjou, a known seducer, has kidnapped her. In order to safe her honor, he offers to marry her. Her father consents to it, with his heart broken by his sorrow. Diana of Meridor is forced to marry the damnable count of Monsoreau. Since then, she will know the Court and will live closely the various plots to betray the king, and discovers all around her the awful taste of deceit, jealousy, betrayal and intrigues of the Court. There is only one man capable of... Written by
"La Dame De Montsoreau" was the second volume of a trilogy ,the first part of which was "La Reine Margot".THe director was obviously obsessed by Patrice Chéreau's gory adaptation of the latter and filled his quota of violence,sex and (male and female) nudity.I have nothing against it ,mind you,but the screenplay,"loosely" based on Dumas' book ,is muddled and repetitive ;the action is so difficult to follow that the director felt compelled to precise WHERE the action took place: Louvres,Bussy's house,Château Du Duc D'Anjou,etc.
It doesn't compare favorably with Yannick Andrei's version in 1971 which has remained memorable and a classic French TV miniseries .2008 Bussy D'Amboise is certainly closer to the historic figure -who was known for his violence (he did take part in the Saint Barthelemy 1572 massacre,in spite of what we are told in the movie)-,but the actors are generally poor and the lack of chemistry between Bussy and Diane is glaring.One can prefer Nicolas Silberg and the late Karine Petersen in Andrei's version.Chicot who played a prominent version in that version disappears after two scenes in Hassan's movie.But most of all,Andrei's movie had a well-constructed screenplay.
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