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...
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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
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 »
Pavan (The Earle of Salisbury)
Composed by William Byrd
Performed by The Rose Consort of Viols
Courtesy of Kapagama / Naxos - HNH International See more »
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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