Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »

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Bertrand Tavernier

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Jean Cosmos (dialogue), Jean Cosmos | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mélanie Thierry ... Marie de Montpensier
Lambert Wilson ... François de Chabannes
Gaspard Ulliel ... Henri de Guise
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Philippe de Montpensier
Raphaël Personnaz ... Duc d'Anjou
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Duc de Montpensier
Philippe Magnan ... Marquis de Mézières
Florence Thomassin Florence Thomassin ... Marquise de Mézières
Christine Brücher Christine Brücher ... Duchesse de Montpensier
Evelina Meghnagi Evelina Meghnagi ... Catherine de Médicis
Judith Chemla ... Catherine de Guise
César Domboy ... Mayenne
Jean-Pol Dubois Jean-Pol Dubois ... Cardinal de Lorraine
Charles Petit Charles Petit ... Nicolas
Joséphine de La Baume ... Suivante Marie
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Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette, the action centers on the love of Marie de Mezières for her dashing cousin Henri de Guise, thwarted when her father's political ambitions force her into marriage with the well-connected Philippe de Montpensier, whom she has never met. When Philippe is called away to fight, she is left in the care of Count Chabannes, an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare, and soon becomes exposed to the sexual and political intrigues of court. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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Passion Destroys Everything


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The character called Duc d'Anjou in this movie, later succeeded his brother Charles IX as King of France. He is known to history as Le Roi Henri III. Other big budget movies depicting him include Queen Margot (1994) and Elizabeth (1998). See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: The Conspirator (2011) See more »

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Pavan (The Earle of Salisbury)
Composed by William Byrd
Performed by The Rose Consort of Viols
Courtesy of Kapagama / Naxos - HNH International
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13 September 2012 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

to a bizarre and fascinating world. a kind of fairy-tale. charming, tender, delicate. a remarkable director, a beautiful text by Madame La Fayette and nuances of acting. nothing else. it is not a great film. it is only perfectly French. it is not an event or revelation. it is slice of a time - gray, cruel, ambitious, selfish. but not the period is the axis. essence is the nice performance of Melanie Thierry, the precise definition of character potential by Lambert Wilson and, of course, Gaspar Ulliel . result - a form of delight. all usual ingredients. and little more. history, love stories in different forms and Evelina Meghnagi in a real fascinating role. good work of master Tavernier.


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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 November 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Princess of Montpensier See more »

Filming Locations:

Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,456, 17 April 2011

Gross USA:

$352,428

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,965,201
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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