The Princess of Montpensier

2010 [FRENCH]

Action / Drama / History

IMDb Rating 6.5 10 3970

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Gaspard Ulliel as Henri de Guise
César Domboy as Mayenne
Lambert Wilson as François de Chabannes
Mélanie Thierry as Marie de Montpensier
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2 hr 19 min
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Reviewed by ma-cortes 7 / 10

Historical film plenty of loving drama , passion , duels , battles and extraordinary scenarios

This costumer drama is set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century , the French Wars of Religion (1562–98) is the name given to a period of civil infighting and military operations, primarily fought between French Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots). The story takes place in the French aristocracy during the 'Wars of Religion', the conflict involved the factional disputes between the aristocratic houses of France, such as the House of Bourbon and House of Guise (Lorraine), and both sides received assistance from foreign sources , focusing on a young woman named Marie De Mezières (Mélanie Thierry in the title role) who falls in love for her dashing cousin Henri De Guiseis (Gaspard Ulliel) but she is forced into marriage with the well-connected nobleman Philippe De Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), who she has never met , while she falls passionately in love with another man . When Philippe is called away to battle , she is taken in the care of Count Chabannes (Lambert Wilson) , an aging aristocrat , and soon later becomes involved to the sexual and political intrigues of court , including the throne heir , Duc d'Anjou (Raphaël Personnaz) and Queen , Catherine of Medicis (Evelina Meghnagi).

This historic drama contains romance , intrigue , swordplay , spectacular battles and wonderful outdoors . It's a sweeping and romantic historical epic with a simple message : passion destroys everything . The film packs a French all-star-cast , as it stars model turned actress , Melaney Thierry , Lambert Wilson as Comte De Chabannes , Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet as Prince De Montpensier , Gaspard Ulliel as Henri De Guise and Raphaël Personnaz as Duc D'Anjou . Evocative and imaginative Original Music by Philippe Sarde . Gorgeous and luxurious Cinematography by Bruno De Keyzer . Impressive Production Design by Guy-Claude François , showing breathtaking outdoors , luxurious palaces and rousing Chateaus . The picture was well directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on the short story by author 'Madame De La Fayette'. Bertrand is a good French director who has been making from the 70s notorious films such as The clockmaker 1974 , The judge and the assassin 1976 , 1280 souls 1981 , A Sunday in the country 1984 , Round midnight 1986 , law 627 , Daughter's Dartagnan 1994 , Captain Conan 1995 , All starts today 1999 , Laissez-passer 2002 and In the electric mist 2009 .

The flick is inspired by historical events , though predominates the passional drama . The actual deeds were the following : The long conflict involved the factional fights between the aristocratic houses of France and Catholic and Protestant ; specially St. Bartholomew's Day massacre (1572) , as the Queen Mother , Catherina of Medicis became increasingly fearful of the unchecked power wielded by Coligny and his supporters, especially as it became clear that Coligny was pursuing an alliance with the Dutch Protestant rebels. Coligny, along with many other Calvinist nobles, arrived in Paris for the wedding of the Catholic Princess Marguerite de Valois to the Protestant Henry of Navarre on August 18. On August 22, an assassin made a failed attempt on Coligny's life, shooting him in the street .Amidst fears of a Huguenot coup, the Duke of Guise and his supporters acted. In the early morning of August 24, they killed Coligny in his lodgings . Coligny's body was thrown from the window into the street, and was subsequently mutilated, castrated, dragged through the mud, thrown in the river, suspended on a gallows and burned by the Parisian crowd. For the next five days, the city erupted as Catholics massacred Calvinist men, women and children, and looted their houses, which was neither approved of nor predicted by the king. Over the next few weeks, the disorder spread to more than a dozen cities across France. Historians estimate that 2,000 Huguenots were killed in Paris and thousands more in the provinces; in all, perhaps 10,000 people were killed. Henry of Navarre and his cousin, the young Prince of Condé, managed to avoid death by agreeing to convert to Catholicism; both would repudiate their conversions once they escaped Paris.Some assert that the Edict of Nantes in 1598 concluded the wars, although a resurgence of rebellious activity following this leads some to believe the Peace of Alais in 1629 is the actual conclusion. However, the Massacre of Vassy in 1562 is agreed to begin the Wars of Religion and the Edict of Nantes at least ended this series of conflicts. During this time, complex diplomatic negotiations and agreements of peace were followed by renewed conflict and power struggles.At the conclusion of the conflict in 1598, Huguenots were granted substantial rights and freedoms by the Edict of Nantes, though it did not end hostility towards them. The wars weakened the authority of the monarchy, already fragile under the rule of Francis II and then Charles IX, though it later reaffirmed its role under Henry IV.

Reviewed by filipemanuelneto 6 / 10

Very interesting and positive

This period film needs some contextualization to be perceived by the public. Set at the end of the 16th century, the film portrays a romantic drama and a love triangle amidst the religious wars that opposed Catholics and Protestants, tearing France in half. To understand the film is, therefore, to know a little of this historical period. The film portrays quite well the internal struggles that the country experienced, the division of political power into religiously militant factions, the efforts of the regent queen Maria de Medici to try to save the Valois dynasty and the notorious Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

The main character is Marie De Mezières, very well played by the beautiful Mélanie Thierry, a capable actress, who did a very competent job here. Her character falls in love with her own cousin, the powerful Henri de Guise, who is played by Gaspard Ulliel, but ends up being forced to marry Prince Philippe De Montpensier, a military man who is played by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, and leaves his wife in the care of the Count of Chabannes, (played by Lambert Wilson), an experienced nobleman who will act as a guardian and confidant, as he secretly falls in love with the young Marie. The four actors were able to do a great job, which made the film very enjoyable and appealing, allowing you to stay interesting until the end. This, in turn, may disappoint those who simply seek only a happy ending. The moral of all history, in fact, is the destructive character of passions and not just a "happy forever", pink and pleasant.

Technically, the film does not commit great sins. Cinematography did her role very well, the sets and costumes are excellent and automatically transported to the time and the post-production and editing work seems to have been done with competence. The soundtrack also fulfils, without deserving attention.

Reviewed by ulicknormanowen 9 / 10

Le prince du film historique.

In 1961,Jean Delannoy ,helped by Jean Cocteau ,transferred Madame de la Fayette' s "la princesse de Clèves "to the screen :it was slagged off ,, certainly unfairly ,for though it was by no means a masterpiece ,it remained a very estimable work with a fine performance by Jean Marais as the prince de Clèves and a dazzling cinematography (an impressive last scene I've never forgotten).

Bertrand Tavernier,arguably the best post NV French director ,was a scholar (on his blog, I would often marvel at his huge culture ) and historical movie was one of his fortes : see "que la fête commence" "la vie et rien d'autre" "le juge et l'assassin "and even his tongue-in -cheek "la fille de d'Artagnan ".

First thing to bear in mind is that La Fayette's novella praised virtue over everything ,like "la princesse de Clèves" :see the motto written on the wall towards the end of the movie; all the characters but one are historical ,even though the writer took liberties with their real-life characters ;only François, masterfully played by Lambert Wilson , was invented from start to finish and he represents all the moral the writer stands for : he is in love with his master's wife ,but unlike this princess and both her other suitors, his passion must remain platonic ; the moral is that finally ,had the heroine (an excellent Melanie Laurent ) not listened to her desire, she would have led a happy life: a romantic writer , La Fayette was not :it was the seventeenth century and the sense of duty was pivotal .

The action starts circa 1567 and ends just after the Saint Bartholomew's day massacre (although it did happen at night); François ,consumed with remorse after killing a pregnant woman , redeemed himself in 1572; like in "la princesse de Clèves ", the main character is not the heroine ,but the virtuous man who suffers (the prince de Clèves , here François de Chavannes , much more than the colorless husband).

Bertrand Tavernier was a convinced feminist (Freda's"le fils de d'Artagnan " became "la fille de d'artagnan" ) and it's obvious he does not disapprove of la princesse's longing to be with the man she was first engaged to ; marriages of convenance were de rigueur at the time an the parents did not care about their sons' and daughters' happiness. But he was faithful to the writer's tenet.

This is first-order costume drama , with a wonderful rendition of the troubled time of the religion wars -one reviewer mentions the Middle-Ages ,but it's actually the Renaissance !- between Catholics and Protestants (here again François urges them to admit their God is the same,to no avail of course),and a remarkable attention to detail : the coming of the pedlar who brings his fancy goods as well as the newspapers , the marvelously precise picture of Catherine De Medicis with her passion for astrology in only one scene .

Tavernier's death ,this very year,was a major loss for the French cinema.

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