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
The film is set in France but was shot entirely in London. See more »
Sabine De Barra went directly from an important interview to doing landscaping while wearing her beautiful outfit. While wearing an expensive embroidered corset, it is highly doubtful that she would have gotten it soiled with earth. She would be change into darker clothing or cover it with a dark smock. See more »
It was the perfect film to take my elderly mother to, given that we both enjoy gardening holidays in France.
The story is uncomplicated - in a time when gardens were the fashion statement of the rich, the French king wanted a statement to silence the globe. Matthias Schoenaerts' character is given this task which is mammoth given the bogland to be used and he hires Kate Winslet's character for one element of the garden. They fancy each other.
Alan Rickman has a few key scenes but Stanley Tucci steals the show entirely. Costumes and setting are lavish, as they should be.
I cannot comment on the historical accuracy but my immediate thought was 'How does she garden with the corset on when I wear nothing under my t-shirt?' As a gardener, nothing is ever done (weeding, composting, planting etc.) but this project did appear to have a somewhat finite end, which is a fantasy in itself.
More historical dramas with a gardening theme I say!
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