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The Triumph of Love (2001)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 10 May 2002 (USA)
A Princess is determined to restore her homeland's throne to its rightful heir, a young Prince with whom she falls in love.

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Clare Peploe

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Marivaux (play), Clare Peploe | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Mira Sorvino ... The Princess
Rachael Stirling ... Corine
Ben Kingsley ... Hermocrates
Jay Rodan ... Agis
Ignazio Oliva Ignazio Oliva ... Harlequin
Luis Molteni Luis Molteni ... Dimas
Fiona Shaw ... Leontine
Carlo Antonioni Carlo Antonioni ... Coachman
Carlo Marcoccia Carlo Marcoccia ... Shepherd
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Storyline

In an unidentified country in 18th century Europe, a usurper's daughter has inherited the throne and feels guilty about her family's crimes. She learns that a rightful heir exists but has been taught to hate her and reject all love, and who additionally is kept in seclusion to protect him from her. Spying on his household, she falls in love at the first sight of him, suggesting an obvious happy ending as regards the throne. But to even get close enough to him to talk about it, she must embark on a series of bribes, deceptions, and seductions... Written by Anonymous

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A Romantic Comedy That Aims For The Heart. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some nudity and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

Italy | UK | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El triunfo del amor See more »

Filming Locations:

Tuscany, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,507, 21 April 2002

Gross USA:

$447,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$501,442
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The ensemble musical number at the end is "Forets Paisibles" from the opera Les Indes Galantes by Jean-Philippe Rameau. See more »

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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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Forêts paisibles
from the Opera LES INDES GALANTES
By Jean-Philippe Rameau (as J.P. Rameau)
Lyrics by Louis Fuzelier
Adapted by Jason Osborn
Sung by the cast: Mira Sorvino, Rachael Stirling, Ignazio Oliva, Luis Molteni,
Jay Rodan, Fiona Shaw and Ben Kingsley
Orchestra: The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (as The City of Prague Philharmonic)
Conducted by Jason Osborn
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Better than Shakespeare in Love, but with awful editing
4 February 2004 | by FlorisVSee all my reviews

This is a very light period piece, in the spirit of plays like a midsummer night's dream, based on a 17th century farce.

Don't expect the type of comedy that will make you laugh out loud, it's more the atmosphere of things not to be taken too seriously, particularly the princess having to pass as a young man. In the spirit of the movie and of older plays it's all perfectly normal and acceptable, because these kind of stories sacrifice believability in favor of good fun. And though flawed, the film is much better than the hugely overrated Shakespeare in Love.

What I did have a problem with, was the horrible jump-cut editing. In a lot of scenes there were useless, unnecessary cuts because the camera did not even switch views, it looked extremely unnatural. Did someone spill coffee on some of the tape so they had to leave some out? Now the acting is what saves the film, I was especially delighted with Mira Sorvino and Ben Kingsley who both skillfully display grotesque but pleasant, sympathetic personalities. It was fun to see Mira in a men's outfit with boyish mannerisms tho still maintaining a feminine look. Also, the backdrops (of the 18th century-design garden and house) are gorgeous, real eyecandy.

I bought this film for quite some money because I was very curious about it and have become fan of Sorvino. I would have rented it, would it have been available, but had to find it somewhere on amazon. But even though it wasn't entirely worth the money, I had a reasonably good time. If you want to see Mira's best, go watch Wisegirls, but this one is worth a watch as well! Enjoy.

I give it 7 out of 10


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