Vatel is the cook of Prince Condé. When the prince invites Louis XIV to hunt, he has to give lavish banquets in order to fall in his favor. But when Vatel falls in love with the king's mistress, love and duty come into conflict.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Jeanne Labrune, Tom Stoppard (English adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... François Vatel
Uma Thurman ... Anne de Montausier
Tim Roth ... Marquis de Lauzun
Julian Glover ... Prince de Condé
Julian Sands ... Louis XIV
Timothy Spall ... Gourville
Murray Lachlan Young ... Philippe d'Orleans, 'Monsieur'
Hywel Bennett ... Colbert
Richard Griffiths ... Dr. Bourdelot
Arielle Dombasle ... Princess de Condé
Marine Delterme ... Athenaïs de Montespan
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ... Duchesse de Longueville
Jérôme Pradon ... Marquis d'Effiat
Féodor Atkine ... Alcalet
Nathalie Cerda Nathalie Cerda ... The Queen Marie-Thérèse
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the garden feast, the music begins with a brief woodwind duet. Though the two musicians play oboes, the oboes make the sound of recorders. See more »

Quotes

Gourville: [of Anne de Montausier] She's new at court, she's still got a heart.
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Soundtracks

Secundo pezzo
Composed by Ennio Morricone
text based on "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" by Molière
Performed by Arielle Dombasle
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Splendid.
31 August 2001 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Vatel" is a French period film with Depardieu as the title character, a master steward under the crown of King Louis XIV whose job it is to put on feasts and spectacles for the pleasures of royalty. Typical of director Joffe, the film peers deep into the character of Vatel, around whom swirl politicking and wickedness, with such depth and dimension as to make the plot of secondary importance. Replete with sumptuous sets, elegant costuming, and epicurean delights, the film fills the eye and whets the palate as few films can while it paints a portrait of a sensitive and honorable man who makes the supreme sacrifice for dignity.

A superb watch for those into period films painted with delicate brush strokes and subtle nuances.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2000 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Château de Chantilly, France

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,032, 1 January 2001

Gross USA:

$51,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,301
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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