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

Effiat quotes Melville's Captain Ahab (Moby Dick) when playing with the whale, but it was another 200 years before Melville wrote Moby Dick. See more »

Quotes

François Vatel: Harmony and contrast. All beauty comes from these two things. You see, Colin, few object are beautiful or ugly of themselves. To know that is the beginning of being an artist.
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La Bourrée
(from "Les Fête d'Hébé")
Composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Arranged by Ennio Morricone
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4 June 2009 | by ageneretteSee all my reviews

I simply never get enough of this film. It's one of the few that I have to re-watch, every so often.

Now, one of the things that struck me most strongly was the fact of Vatel and Anne's goodness -- this, in spite of where Louis' example might have led them -- with the people who worked with them.

The scenes with Vatel and Colin; with Anne and Louise... especially the one where Louise drops the vase that Vatel sent to Anne (and Anne says "It's alright, Louise... it's alright") ... these are made almost painfully beautiful by the contrasting scenes with the aristocrats running amok.

But, Vatel's words come back to me here: "Harmony and Contrast -- All beauty comes from those two things".


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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