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The Princess of Montpensier
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A beautiful woman struggles with the three men who control her life and the one who has won her heart in this historical drama from director Bertrand Tavernier. In 1567, France is mired in a civil war between Catholics and Huguenots (early Protestants), and the Marquis de Mzires (Philippe Magnan) is eager to form an alliance with the Duc de Montpensier (Michel Vuillermoz). With this in mind, the marquis strikes a deal in which his beautiful daughter Marie (Mlanie Thierry) will wed Philippe (Grgoire Leprince-Ringuet), Montpensier's son. Marie is not especially happy with this notion, as she's fallen in love with Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), her handsome cousin, but she dutifully agrees to the match, and soon Marie and Philippe are sharing an estate in the countryside. However, Philippe is soon called up to fight in the civil war, and he asks his friend and tutor the Comte de Chabannes (Lambert Wilson) to look after Marie while he's gone. Marie is bright but not educated, and Chabannes is asked to educate her in intellectual and social matters; as he gets to know Marie, he falls deeply in love with her, but she's already divided in her loyalties between her husband and the man she truly loves. Adapted from the classic novel by Madame de La Fayette, LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER (aka THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
Melanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, Lambert Wilson
"A sly alluring, and at times unsettling examination of the parallels between violence in the public and private spheres....An intimate epic, as coolly calculated as a chess match..."
"[A] rousing amalgam of ambition, moods and genre conceits....The French director Bertrand Tavernier deploys some smart ideas in this film..."
New York Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "So well does Bertrand Tavernier evoke the period that it evokes tangible physical qualities....Tavernier has an uncanny success in showing the life within a medieval castle..."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "At times, PRINCESS resembles a widescreen Hollywood western, with exhilarating Steadicam shots of horsemen galloping across broad plains..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Robustly acted and dynamically photographed; Tavernier is equally adept at directing intimate encounters as choreographing savage battles..."
"As a period drama, the film has many merits: swashbuckling set pieces...and formal decorative episodes in the form of weddings and masked balls."
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