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The Baroness and the Pig (2002)

A wealthy American Quaker woman rebels and marries a French baron for love. A plan to start a Parisian salon with a distinctively democratic air brings conflict with her new surroundings ... See full summary »


Michael MacKenzie


Michael MacKenzie (play), Michael MacKenzie (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Clarkson ... The Baroness
Caroline Dhavernas ... Emily
Colm Feore ... The Baron
Bernard Hepton ... Soames
Louise Marleau ... The Duchess
Benoît Brière ... The Photographer
Rosemary Leach ... Margaret
Catherine Vidal Catherine Vidal ... First Maid
Valérie Jeanneret Valérie Jeanneret ... Second Maid
Imola Gáspár ... Laundress
Kati Lázár Kati Lázár ... Cook
Pascale Montpetit ... Model
István Göz István Göz ... Duchess' Footman
Pál Makrai Pál Makrai ... Dr. Haghah
Tibor Kenderesi Tibor Kenderesi ... Dr. Blanchard


A wealthy American Quaker woman rebels and marries a French baron for love. A plan to start a Parisian salon with a distinctively democratic air brings conflict with her new surroundings and an unusual ally in a country girl raised by pigs. Written by Anonymous

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English | French

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17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Beginning at sixteen minutes & twenty-one seconds, butler Soames (the venerable Bernard Hepton) regales with his precious rendition of the first two sections of William Wordsworth's fine "Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood." See more »

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23 January 2003 | by baho2See all my reviews

Call me a cultural bigot, but I'm predisposed to dislike Canadian movies. Don't ask me why, because I love the rest of what the country offers. I'm just skeptical that even the best movie produced in Canada can rival the middle of the Hollywood pack. The Baroness and the Pig supports my case.

I believe that Michael Mackenzie is a playwright by trade, and in fact this film might have been better suited to the theatre. Nevertheless, in his directing debut, Mackenzie delivers an incredibly beautiful film, making exquisite choices of sepia-toned elegance that nicely complements this period piece set in France. Patricia Clarkson is excellent as the Baroness, but the rest of the cast is generally disappointing, especially Caroline Dhavernas as Emily, a plum role that she somehow manages to perform without eliciting the slightest emotional response from the audience. This is perhaps the biggest disappointment of the entire film, although the script is uneven and the pace a little sluggish at times.

Mackenzie shows promise as a director, and this may be one of the best films out of Canada this year. What does that tell you?

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