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Vatel [DVD]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Set in 1671 France under the decadent reign of Louis XIV, VATEL charts the events of a three-day feast in an impoverished western province. In an effort to impress the gilded king and then ask him for financial support, Prince de Cond (Julian Glover) invites Louis XIV (Julian Sands) to his country chateau for a weekend of courtly merriment. Gerard Depardieu stars as Vatel, the chef and entertainment planner, who must succeed in presenting the most lavishly organized occasion the king has ever witnessed. Vatel masterminds the sumptuous details of the weekend with gusto and charming bravura. The chateau of de Cond is transformed into a world of delights, enthralling the king, his court, and especially the king's favorite lady-in-waiting, Anne de Montausier (Uma Thurman). But when the kindly Vatel wins Anne's fancy, he is in danger of angering the opulent and lustful king and his villainous cohort Marquis de Lauzan (Tim Roth). Based on a true story, with a screenplay cowritten by Tom Stoppard and Jeanne LaBrune, this decadent period piece from director Roland Joff is a fine visual confection. The film features stunning production and costume design that captures the opulence of France's most legendary court and most celebrated king.
  • Credits
    Grard Depardieu, Gerard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Sands, Arielle Dombasle, Julian Glover, Timothy Spall, Marine Delterme
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A sustained visual feast..."
    USA Today

    "...Roland Joffe's best film in years....[With] a marvelous ensemble..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Very sumptuous-looking....[Thurman] adds a poignant note of grace..."

    "...Boldly distinctive....VATEL is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel..."
    Los Angeles Times

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