LA PRINCESSE DE MONTPENSIER
THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

DIRECTOR
Bertrand Tavernier

SCREENPLAY
Jean Cosmos, François-Olivier Rousseau & Bertrand Tavernier.

CAST
Princesse Marie de Montpensier: Mélanie Thierry
Comte de Chabannes: Lambert Wilson
Prince de Montpensier: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Henri de Guise: Gaspard Ulliel
Duc d’Anjou: Raphaël Personnaz

AWARDS
Best Costume Design, Caroline de Vivaise – César Awards (2011)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films

RUNNING TIME 139’
PRODUCTION France,
Germany, 2010
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, Blu-ray, DVD

 

“Like the country itself (“la France,” a feminine word), Marie de Mézières is contested territory in a conflict that has Roman Catholic fights Protestant on the battlefield, and cousin fights cousin in the bedroom, Mr. Tavernier brings to life with racing cameras, sweeping vistas, lofty words, bawdy deeds and some hard truths. Like an action painter, Mr. Tavernier likes big, bold gestures, and he regularly fills the screen with slashes of exciting motion, the galloping horses streaking across the image with the camera in pursuit.”
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

Based on the 1622 novel of the same name by Madame de Lafayette, Bertrand Tavernier’s supple, gripping historical epic unfolds during the French Wars of Religion (1562–98), which pitted Catholics against Protestants and ravaged the nation. The film centers on Marie de Mézières, who, though in love with one man, the Duke de Guise, is married off by her politically calculating father to the Prince of Montpensier, whose own father proves just as scheming. Even more men pine for the great beauty: the Duke d’Anjou and the Count de Chabannes, the prince’s former tutor, who watches over Marie when her husband is called to fight. Matching the intensity of the stunning battles fought on vast hillsides are the more intimate struggles and interpersonal clashes taking place behind closed castle doors: between headstrong Marie and her father, between the rivals for her affection—and, most touchingly, between the gentle Count de Chabannes, a man of God, and the barbarity of the world.

 

 

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