Magali plays in a brass band. Guillaume drives a small tourist train. Both spin a perfect love, they share modest dreams and their baby is about to come. But an unexpected news upsets their...
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Magali plays in a brass band. Guillaume drives a small tourist train. Both spin a perfect love, they share modest dreams and their baby is about to come. But an unexpected news upsets their routine: a man appears and announces that he is Guillaume's estranged father and also reveals that Guillaume is his legitimate heir of a kingdom offshore of France and England. Guillaume and Magali start to dream of a life as monarchs, surrounded by faithful subjects in their castle, enjoying their wealth. But reality is often different to what you can imagine.Written by
In France ,the idea was not much new ;in Roger Richebé's "Monseigneur"(1949) ,a historian claimed that a modest locksmith was the descendant of the kings of France,Louis XVII 's great grand-son.He had found documents which proved it.
In Buena Vista produced "King Guillaume " ,it's much more modest : the kingdom of Guerreland (= Warland) ,a tiny island in the Channel would return to England ,shouldn't a male apparent heir show up .Fortunately ,they discover that ,after a cock and bull adventure , a French who drives a toy train for tourists through the streets of his town is the man they look for ;his wife ,who plays the bass tuba in a brass band,is looking forward to becoming queen.
The prologue is appealing :a teacher ,in an old English school ,gives a class on Guerreland ,and his pupils asks pertinent questions ,often funny.
Afterward ,it's downhill : Pierre Richard should have turned down this part ;the funny moments are few and far between ;the screenplay had potential ,but the gags are heavy-handed ,repetitive ;Florence Foresti overplays ,trying to hog the stage ,to no avail .
The island is frog-shaped (because the French are supposed to eat frog legs at every lunch?) ;the heir on the boat screams "I'm the king!" a la Di Caprio on Titanic.And how can Buena Vista grant such a lousy budget to a movie?
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