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This dignified and stylized film, set in the Middle Ages, follows the exploits of Sir Perceval, a legendary exemplar of knightly chivalry and one of the champions of King Arthur's Round Table. The story is based on the verse tale Perceval ou le Conte del Graal as recounted by the 12th-century French belletrist Chrétien de Troyes. While living with his widowed mother, the young Perceval (Fabrice Luchini) is much impressed by the grandeur of the knights he sees, and he undertakes to become one. In one respect his sense of honor is peculiar, because he rapes several virgins in accordance with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film marries medieval passion with modern perspective and sires its own special magic."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The naïve Perceval's odyssey is depicted as a moral investigation, but is shot with a deft touch exhibiting great humor, wit and style."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Eric Rohmer's least typical and least popular film also happens to be his best..."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Ultimately Rohmer's film is an intimate moral investigation, shot with an assured lightness of touch typical of the director."
‑ , Film4
"The spirit of medieval drama lives in Rohmer's utterly unique, flagrantly theatrical adaptation… will enchant medieval enthusiasts and bewilder others."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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