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The Emperor's Wife (2003)

At an undisclosed location and time an Empress has seven years to provide her Emperor with an heir to his throne. If she does not succeed during this time, the Emperor is free to marry a ... See full summary »

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Julien Vrebos

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Paul Ruven
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Chamberlain
Max Beesley ... Emperor
Rosana Pastor ... Empress
Leticia Dolera ... Sabah
Claire Johnston ... Mother
Alex Macqueen ... Dr. Lambroso (as Alexander Macqueen)
Johnny de Mol ... Thembe
James Auden James Auden ... Music teacher
Derek Kueter ... Etiquette teacher
Tom Leick ... Etiquette teacher
Chris Bearne ... Dr. Al Razi
Leslie Woodhall Leslie Woodhall ... Prof. Leopold
Eric Connor Eric Connor ... Chief guard
Barry Madden Barry Madden ... Guard sc. 74
David Rosner David Rosner ... Green guard
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At an undisclosed location and time an Empress has seven years to provide her Emperor with an heir to his throne. If she does not succeed during this time, the Emperor is free to marry a different girl. The Emperor's devoted chamberlain helps the Emperor to choose the right girl. This throws the four people into a power struggle. Written by Nurse Owens

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A fairy tale for grown ups.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 2003 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

La mujer del emperador See more »

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Budget:

€3,761,000 (estimated)
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Fails to deliver...
16 June 2004 | by vdgSee all my reviews

I was lucky to get a copy of this film, and after reading some reviews, I had great expectations about it. Without a doubt this film would've been on of the greatest art movie, but it fails to deliver. My first impression was that Julie Taymor's TITUS, had a big impact on this movie, and I would've loved to see the same kind of acting and direction. Unfortunately the movie dilutes from the initial high level, to something that's nothing more but a cheap art film. I would've like to see more of the costumes and the décor and less of the bad acting of some of the actors… Interesting camera movements, reminiscent of Greenaway's films, a quite pleasant music score, original screenplay, but in the end you are left with the desire of MORE. For movie lovers I think is worth take look at it, and in this commercial world it's a nice exception from the mainstream films.

7/10


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