The Princess of Montpensier
Cert: PG Year: 2010 Length: 139 mins Language: French
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Score: 72.41% Attendance: 108
‘A young noblewoman is torn between passion, duty, companionship and ambition, each quality personified by a different man’ - Variety. Tavernier continues his masterful direction of films with this adaption of Madame de Lafayette’s 1622 novella. In a 16th century France dominated by Catholic and Protestant battles, we meet Marie de Mezieres (Melanie Thierry), who is soon forced to become the Princess of the title against her will; she is already in love with a Duke. Her new husband soon rushes off to war, leaving her in the hands of an ageing Count. Tavernier then follows the Princess through the conflicts of a woman with no rights to decide for herself but trying to get the best of all options.
Moving and thought-provoking, this has something for all, but especially for those who like to believe that films can be as boldly intelligent as they are entertaining
Los Angeles Times
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