Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his ...
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Philip Seymour Hoffman,
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.
Honoré de Balzac was a man who lived to write. His life was a hard, permanent struggle, from his cold relationship with his mother who was unable to give him the love he needed, to his unsuccessful attempts to make money out of printing and publishing books. Balzac never gives up, however - even though his dissolute lifestyle keeps landing him in trouble with his creditors. To finally gain acclaim for his works and to earn enough money to survive, Balzac works like a man possessed, day and night, to the brink of exhaustion, drinking liter upon liter of coffee to keep himself awake. The passionate author also tends to go to excess in affairs of the heart - he has several woman friends at the same time, all of them very different from each other. They include the kind, caring and elderly Madame de Berny, and the egotistical, ambitious Laure d'Abrantès, who introduces Balzac to the salons of upper-class society. Balzac's heart belong to just one person alone, however: Eve Hanska, a ...Written by
it is an useful introduction to Balzac universe. it is a splendid meeting with great actors in brilliant roles. it is occasion to remind a history who seduces generation by generation. in same measure, it is one of Depardieu movies and this fact is important to discover the metamorphose of a literary legend in a character who preserves the force and the charm, the vulnerability and the sins of original. Balzac by Depardieu is passionate , strange and idealistic. it is a character so it can be different, original, unrealistic. important is just the manner to explore his life. to remind his extraordinary work. to seem identify pieces of reality. that is all. and the presence of Jeanne Moreau, the special manner to create a beautiful sketch for madame Hanska by Fanny Ardant are the real virtues of this film about a hero of universal culture.
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