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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, who 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
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La princesse de Montpensier – The Princess of Montpensier – CATCH IT (B-) La princesse de Montpensier is the most talked about movie of Cannas 2010. There is no doubt there is some high profile stars and director attached to the project which leads to lots of expectations. La princesse de Montpensier is a passionate story about a beautiful woman Marie de Mezières torn between her husband Prince de Montpensier and lover Henri de Guise. Her beauty and innocence also catches attention of Duc d'Anjou and Comte de Chabannes. Now she must decide whether she wants to live with her husband or passionate lover whom she cannot forget. The story and premises is really fascinating based in 16th century, France. The emotional aspects of the movie are nicely presented but the action sequences in the movie are terribly rehearsed. This is the biggest mistake of the movie that time to time it shows fight or war scenes but they are so unnatural and unreal that it makes the movie very average and close to mediocre. Mélanie Thierry is stunning and her performance as Princess of Montpensier is worth praising. Gaspard Ulliel as passionate stubborn lover is really impressive. Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet is master in playing naïve. This is his third French movie I watched and I cannot stop myself from comparing him to his previous work which is almost the same playing the role of naive boy. Raphaël Personnaz is great, his dialogues and the way he carries himself as duke is simply amazing. Lambert Wilson did a decent job though I found his scenes very boring. Overall, La princesse de Montpensier is a decent attempt in capturing the essence of love but there are many things in the movie which could have been easily improved.
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