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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chamberlain
... Emperor
... Empress
... Sabah
... Mother
... Dr. Lambroso (as Alexander Macqueen)
... Thembe
James Auden ... Music teacher
... Etiquette teacher
... Etiquette teacher
... Dr. Al Razi
Leslie Woodhall ... Prof. Leopold
Eric Connor ... Chief guard
Barry Madden ... Guard sc. 74
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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3 September 2003 (Belgium)  »

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La mujer del emperador  »

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€3,761,000 (estimated)
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One of my top 20
1 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

First time I saw this movie, I was a little annoyed with the atmosphere. It seemed too lost in its own mythology to be anything close to approachable. Second time I saw it, I now fully understand the whole symbiosis of the art style with the plot. (mind you, some people wont get it at all). The plot was traditional in the fairy tale sense; but with a more mature theme. The acting was effective enough to keep the audience in interest, without being too sappy or thematic. Special recognition for Rhys-Meyers, who plays his affection for Sabah, with a false dignity, even though through his eyes you can see the man suffer. Very well acted on his part.

I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10.

This movie is good, if you can read more into the whole movie, instead of just the plot or artistry.


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