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The rise and fall of a beauteous actress. She rises from an impoverished background to become a favorite of the Sun King, Louis XIV.


Véra Belmont


Jean-François Josselin (scenario), Véra Belmont (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Marceau ... Marquise
Bernard Giraudeau ... Molière
Lambert Wilson ... Racine
Patrick Timsit Patrick Timsit ... Gros-René
Thierry Lhermitte ... Louis XIV
Anémone ... La Voisin
Remo Girone ... Jean-Baptiste Lully
Georges Wilson ... Floridor
Marianne Basler ... Madame
Franck de la Personne ... Monsieur
Romina Mondello ... Armande
Estelle Skornik Estelle Skornik ... Marie
Anne-Marie Philipe Anne-Marie Philipe ... Catherine de Brie
Christine Joly Christine Joly ... Madeleine Béjart
Beatrice Palme Beatrice Palme ... Geneviève


Marquise is a drama about the rise and fall of a beauteous actress. As cheerfully portrayed by Sophie Marceau, the eponymous heroine is an engagingly ribald, but perhaps rather too modern, character. She rises from an impoverished background to become a favourite of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and the mistress of the celebrated Racine, who wrote roles especially for her; but her fate, in the end, is a tragic one. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Comedy


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Sophie Marceau created the controversy at the end of the film by refusing to support it: "This shoot was a hell, I kept one of the worst memories of my life, I did not get along with Véra Belmont ( ...) Sincerely, I do not want to defend the film. " To which the director replied: "She loves me one day, the next day she hates me, I think she does not like to be run by a woman. She saw the Marquise much more petty-bourgeois than I can imagine her, she's the kind of actress, when you disturb her in what she's decided to do on the set, she hates you. " See more »


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Written by Jean-Baptiste Lully
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Lushly decadent
2 August 1999 | by dave-329See all my reviews

I guess that we in this century about to end have learned to live better than in Marquise's century. As with other French films of this type, the result captures the decadence of the age and the director has painted a gorgeous picture of the period. One critic said that she saw no point to the story...there definitely was one and it was made in America...."All About Eve" so it just goes to show that there isn't a lot that is new....still the movie was really worth a look for no one can make them like the French....unless you are an Italian.

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Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I markisia See more »

Filming Locations:

Mantua, Lombardia, Italy See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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