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La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)2011

La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) (2011)



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France, 1562. Against a background of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, and the rakish Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), fall in love, but Marie's father has promised her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). When he is called away to battle, her husband leaves her in the care of Count Chabannes (Lambert Wilson), an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare. As he experiences his own forbidden desire for Marie, Chabannes must also protect her from the dangerously corrupt court dominated by Catherine de Medici. Director Tavernier translates Madame de Lafayette's 1622 novella into a bracingly intelligent and moving evocation of the terrible conflict between duty and passion. Though the themes are classic, Tavernier, with the cinematographer Bruno de Keyzer's vivid landscapes and Philippe Sarde's pulsing score, makes them feel passionately, urgently contemporary. -- (C) IFC

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Mélanie Thierry
as Marie de Montpensier
Lambert Wilson
as Comte de Chabannes
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
as Prince de Montpensier
Gaspard Ulliel
as Henri de Guise
Raphaël Personnaz
as Duc d'Anjou
Samuel Theïs
as La Valette
Michel Vuillermoz
as Duc de Montpensier
Judith Chemla
as Catherine de Guise
Philippe Magnan
as Marquis de Mézières
Jean-Pol Dubois
as Cardinal de lorraine
Florence Thomassin
as Cardinal de Lorraine
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Critic Reviews for La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)

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(Bertrand Tavernier) has made an intimate epic, as coolly calculated as a chess match, in which blood on the battlefield and on the bedsheets is the fuel of economic and political power and masculine pride.

August 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Everything's scenery, even the story.

July 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Both handsomely mounted and, for the most part, rousingly acted out.

July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

It's clear that veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has set out to show the potency and relevance of a classic love story and that period romance is by no means a dead genre. On this evidence, he has a point.

July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bertrand Tavernier, in his 70th year, directs with the energy and panache of a much younger man.

July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It gallops along as elegantly and confidently as the horsemen we see in the opening scene - part bodice-ripper, part patrician soap opera, and part romantic tragedy - albeit a romantic tragedy of no very great resonance or depth.

July 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)

I guess I am just a sucker for a pretty face. I quite enjoyed this, despite its shortcomings. A tragic story of a woman caught between her duty and her passion, who throws it all over for a man who proved unworthy. It also portrayed her husband as a man consumed by insecurity and jealousy. The battle scenes were brutal, the French countryside bucolic and the court intrigues just subtle enough for this viewer to find himself immersed for the more than two hours that the film ran.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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Nice story. Beautifully done. However, it just goes on and on, and has one of those unsatisfying endings...2 1/2hrs is way too long to have to wait for an ending like that. Great costumes and art direction, though.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


For a film which strives for "l'amour", this is a coldly directed and not sweeping enough epic with an irritating protagonist at its center. Quite frankly, one huge bore.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

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