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It's a pity I have to write in english here, I have the words in my own language but maybe not in shakespeare's. The movie tells about how Mme de Maintenon (last wife of king Louis the fourteenth) has created a young girls institution called Saint-Cyr. It is actually an excellent subject to understand the philosophical and religious questions of the Baroque, but for this time, well, it's just a not very good yet well intentioned film. Isabelle Huppert does her part all right (it's not her best acting anyways), Jean-Pierre Kalfon is a possible king Louis, but that is all, the rest of the cast is not professional enough to hold a bad script. Often in the film, writings tells us "5 years later", "one month later", "one summer day", and that is good, we'll understand nothing without them. It's a pity there is not more of that to tell us also who's who, what means what, what place is what, why a people going out of a room closes the door in front of him (in my world he can't get out then), why the horses rides are circular, why why why... The language used is not well chosen : it's sure not the languages of the times, not our times eigther, it is too much "written" but not well written. A funny idea was to show the little girls coming from the whole country using their local language (the 'patois'), the uniformization of the french language was one of the great chalenges of the 17th. The characters are not good, much too romantic, I'm not very happy to have spent one and a half hour watching this. The public will keep in mind some historical points, maybe, but it's not more intersting and less fun than "angélique marquise des anges". Historical movies like "tous les matins du monde" are much more intersting, they try (and fail or not, how to say ?) to catch the exact spirit of the ages. a 6/10 because I love very much Isabelle Huppert.
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