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La princesse de Montpensier (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 3 November 2010 (France)
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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... See full summary »

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Bertrand Tavernier

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Jean Cosmos, Madame de La Fayette (short story) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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 Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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Passion Destroys Everything


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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 November 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La princesa de 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$340,917, 26 June 2011
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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The Princess of Montpensier [Original Score]
Composed by Philippe Sarde
Performed by The Pro Arte Orchestra
Orchestration by, Conducted by Nic Raine
Soloists: Serge Delmas, Philippe Foulon, Michel Sanvoisin
© & (p) 2010 Warner Chappell Music France
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Tavernier takes us to middle ages
17 November 2010 | by adrean-819-339098See all my reviews

What I think was done very well in this film by Tavernier was the decors. Tavernier being a very gifted and talented director when faced with the challenge of recreating the middle ages succeeds like no other director in very recent memory. The exteriors, interiors and costumes are presented convincingly. He shows the nature without overdoing it. We are in the middle ages without being shown cliché after cliché.

There was one fact which may or may not be hard to swallow. I think there may be a divide amongst spectators in regards to the young cast, the exception being Lambert Wilson who in my opinion was exceptional as he was in the other film of this year Des Hommes et Des Dieux. While I could tolerate the young cast I didn't by no means fall in love with them, which could have affected my slight detachment from the action on screen. The weakest in my opinion, and I'm sure there will be some who disagree with me and they are right to do so, was the princess herself. I can't explain it but when she was on the screen I was almost at the point of irritation. Admittedly this is quite subjective and I didn't find her looks and full lips as my ideal of beauty, moreover I found her insatiable in her desires but I think I was suppose to believe she was passionate. If I didn't believe that the Princesse was a creature of passion but more-so a selfish materialist how could I fall in love with the story? Aside from minor nitpicking, I found the sparse battle scenes excellent! It was such a refreshing experience to see battles treated in this way. I almost wish there was more.

What I take from this film was a real master class in how to render a medieval world. As I predicted a director of Tavernier caliber would not get this wrong.


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