In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.
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Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.
A romantic drama following Sabine (Kate Winslet), a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist, André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts).Written by
Alison Deegan's script was sent to Alan Rickman so that he might consider playing the part of André Le Notre; Alan said he wasn't sure about that, but that he would like to direct it. Alison had seen and admired The Winter Guest (1997), so they started collaborating with his directing it in mind. Producer Gail Egan asked Rickman to wear a third hat on the project by taking the role of the King because he was best for the part.Rickman eventually acquiesced, because of "the fact that if you are playing Louis XIV, you don't have to move very much - and it's not too far-fetched to say that, as Louis, you keep the same watchful expression on your face as you do when you are directing!", he said. See more »
When Sabine De Barra fell into the water and was carried away by the force of the water, she traveled a good distance downstream. When she went to get out of the water, it was just two arm lengths to reach the ladder. See more »
Madame Princess Palatine:
Did you know that my husband and the Marquis are lovers? It has not stopped us having children, and he loved them dearly. In battle he is immensely brave. And he has a good heart. I'm happy with my choice.
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This movie is a historical fiction à la "Girl with the Pearl Earring". It is an homage to the search for beauty, an homage to France in its most classical and absolutist period. Other aspects come to join the story of this woman gardener: love, loss etc. The movie shows very well the strange behaviors of the people from the court of Versailles. But it shows as well what real "gentilhommes" (gentlemen), true nobility is. The dialogs are full of meaning, the sceneries, colors are wonderful. If it was filmed in England or in France? I don't care because it works. That is what I like with this movie, the mix of French and English culture. As a Frenchman, I am so found of English culture. Take time to see this beautiful and poetic movie. It is slow, relaxing, gives you the will to look at a flower and smell the sent of it, gives you the will to seek beauty around you. Thank you actors and Mister Rickman for this beautiful moment.
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