La princesse de Montpensier (2010)
Runtime : 139 min
Genre : Action | Drama | History
Movie Release : 3 November 2010 (France)
Ratings: 6,5/10 from 2.424 users.
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Writers: Jean Cosmos, Madame de La Fayette (short story).
Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel
Country: France | Germany
More Movie Info : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1599975/
Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette, the action centers on the love of Marie de Mezières for her dashing cousin Henri de Guise, thwarted when her father’s political ambitions force her into marriage with the well-connected Philippe de Montpensier, who she has never met. When Philippe is called away to fight, she is left in the care of Count Chabannes, an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare, and soon becomes exposed to the sexual and political intrigues of court.
The Princess is sumptuously filmed, with a great eye for setting and costume. The eponymous princess is very well acted.
So why is there a slight air of disappointment when you get to the end. Partly it is because her husband and the pretty boy who would be her lover, are just a trifle wooden; the great weakness though is the fight scenes. They are filmed well but lack credibility. You can sense the rehearsals and guess what will happen next. The battle scenes are just confusing, not in the fog of war sense, but in having no explanation why a soldier would jump off an unwounded horse to fight on the ground. It may have looked exciting, marginally, but verged on the ridiculous.
That aside, the story bounds along quite well and will take your mind off the next banking crisis.
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