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Grace of Monaco (2014)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 14 May 2014 (France)
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The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

Director:

Olivier Dahan

Writer:

Arash Amel (screenplay)
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Grace
Tim Roth ... Prince Rainier
Frank Langella ... Francis Tucker
Paz Vega ... Maria Callas
Parker Posey ... Madge
Milo Ventimiglia ... Rupert Allan
Geraldine Somerville ... Princess Antoinette
Nicholas Farrell ... Jean-Charles Rey
Robert Lindsay ... Aristote Onassis
Derek Jacobi ... Count Fernando D'Aillieres (as Sir Derek Jacobi)
André Penvern ... Charles de Gaulle
Jeanne Balibar ... Countess Baciochi
Flora Nicholson Flora Nicholson ... Phyllis
Yves Jacques ... Mr. Delavenne
Olivier Rabourdin ... Emile Pelletier
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1961. Princess Grace, the former Grace Kelly, has been married to Prince Rainier of Monaco now for five years, they having two young children. Her transition from famed Oscar-winning Hollywood actress from a humble background as the daughter of a Philadelphia bricklayer to European princess of a small, exclusive and tight-knit principality has been a difficult one, the Monagasques who have been less than welcoming to her in her outspoken American nature. Even in her official charity work as head of a women's committee for the Red Cross, the other committee members largely grumble under their breath about her as their leader. Despite loving Rainier, their marriage is a largely distant one emotionally as he focuses on his role as monarch, now an especially difficult time in the on-going tension between Monaco and France under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle, who would, if he could, annex Monaco back under French control. She has a small entourage of trusted advisers who lead her ... Written by Huggo

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The greatest role Grace Kelly would ever play.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Switzerland | Belgium | Italy

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

14 May 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Grace de Mónaco See more »

Filming Locations:

Monaco See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the critical failure of the film, it was more successful than similar films like Diana (2013), W.E. (2011) and My Week with Marilyn (2011) at the international box office. See more »

Goofs

The copy of the script for "Marnie" presented to Grace Kelly lists Jay Presson Allen as the screenwriter. The script for "Marnie" actually offered to her was an earlier draft by Evan Hunter. Allen came onto the project later, after Kelly turned it down and 'Tippi' Hedren was cast as Marnie. See more »

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[first lines]
Chauffeur: Up here you can see the whole of Monaco, Mr. Hitchcock.
Hitchcock: Yes, I know.
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References Marnie (1964) See more »

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Time Flows Like Tears
by Fox
Performed by Fox
Drums: Vincent Taeger
Acoustic Guitar and Bass: Ludovic Bruni
Piano and Synths: Vincent Taurelle
Additional Guitars: Philippe Almosnino
Music Producer: Renaud Letang, assisted by Thomas Moulin
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Rainier, Alfred, Charles and Grace
3 June 2014 | by Ruben MooijmanSee all my reviews

The one to blame for Tippi Hedren, and not Grace Kelly, starring in Hitchcock's 'Marnie' is really Charles De Gaulle. At least, that's what 'Grace of Monaco' suggests. It's probably not quite true, but the film doesn't pretend to be historically accurate. It says so at the beginning: it's a fictional drama, based on true events.

The film shows a relatively small part of Kelly's remarkable life. After having been married for six years to Prince Rainier of Monaco, she is visited by Alfred Hitchcock who offers her the lead in his film project 'Marnie'. She wants to do it, but reviving her acting career turns out to be impossible because of a crisis in Monaco, caused by French president Charles De Gaulle's political manoeuvrings.

We see Kelly as a somewhat naive Princess, who against her will becomes involved in political power-play. When a French diplomat suggests that Europe should become a third pillar of world power, next to the Soviet Union and the US, the American-born Kelly quips that this wouldn't be necessary if Europe wouldn't have invented communism and fascism. It's one of the best one-liners in the film.

The story switches nicely from Rainier's political problems to Kelly's own personal doubts. She is not happy as a Princess, and has trouble with the rigid conventions of life at the palace. The film even suggests that her outspoken opinions help solving the problems with France in the end. This may not be historically correct, but it makes for a nice script.

Much has been said about casting Nicole Kidman. I think there are very few actresses on the globe who would have done a better job. I'm not exactly a big fan of Kidman, but in this case she shows exactly the right mix of a strong will, a fearless non-conformist attitude and a superb elegance. She fits in perfectly with the cinematography, full of warm colours and lush images.

I liked the way the script works towards an apotheosis: a speech by Kelly at a high-profile philanthropic event in Monaco. The speech is truly great; either it's very good script writing, or Kelly employed a very talented speech writer. It's the highlight of the film: Kidman delivers her text in a truly heartfelt way, with the camera extremely close, so only a part of her face is visible.

The film has weak points. The dialogue sometimes feels clumsy and pompous, there are too many subplots and intrigues, and the director indulges a bit too much in the glamorous palace life. But at least this film doesn't make the mistake of cramming too much biographical information into a 100-minute movie. It's an enjoyable movie about one of the most interesting women in film history.


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