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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 »

Director:

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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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

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2.35 : 1
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The film contains no artificial special effects or computer-generated imagery. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2010 (2010) 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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Patchy historical drama-romance let down by miscasting in central role.
2 October 2011 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

Some of the best things in this lusciously mounted historical ramble are the battle and fight sequences. They are exciting and convincing, as is the picture's milieu. Some of the relationships sporadically command interest,despite the central character consistently failing to provide any spark. The Duke of Anjou is the most watchable; a wonderfully slimy character, whose complicated duplicity and arrogance is highly entertaining. The actress who plays the princess may have superficially attractive qualities, but she has no personality. She's a sponge, who gives almost nothing and inspires only restlessness and tedium. Had she been at least interesting this may well have been an exciting film. After a while this viewer couldn't care less what happened to her. A shame because everything around her is designed to make for a stimulating story. It should be shorter, and it should be re-cast. The real princess was supposed to be a beauty. Mlle Thierry is quite good looking, but I suppose, at the time of going into production there wasn't an available attractive actress who is also vivacious, and/or interesting, and not too expensive. Heigh ho.


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