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Kate Winslet did her own stunt in the scene where her character falls into a weir. She was pregnant but didn't tell anybody because she knew they wouldn't let her fall in if they knew. 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 »
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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