The Princess Of Montpensier
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Functions swimmingly as an ambiguous study of wrongly diverted passions."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"There is more than a trace of ennui in a story that gallops at times and plods along at others."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"The twisting narrative is rendered skilfully so that it is easy to follow even as allegiences and alliances shift, and there is plenty of space to revel in the complexity of the characters."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"It clips along with splendid locations and well-observed costumes and customs, displaying a sensibility and wit that never feel stuffy."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Dominic Radcliffe, Little White Lies
"An engrossing subplot tracks the older man's chaste devotion to the young man's wife, which Tavernier parallels with his love of Christ; unfortunately the routine love triangle takes up most of the screen time."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"How can the 16th-century heroine of a movie based on a 17th-century novella feel like such a 21st-century woman - without seeming at all anachronistic? That's the wonder of Bertrand Tavernier's "The Princess of Montpensier.''"
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Manages to be that rare thing, a thoroughly modern-seeming period film that is confident that the story it's telling is compelling enough so as not to necessitate the addition of torturous contemporary parallels."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Everything's scenery, even the story."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Bertrand Tavernier, in his 70th year, directs with the energy and panache of a much younger man."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Swords cross, blood spurts and bosoms heave in The Princess of Montpensier, French director Bertrand Tavernier's thoroughly ravishing drama."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"A stylish reminder of a bygone time when historical epics were very much a part of mainstream filmmaking."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The swashbuckling Guise, kindly Count, raging Philippe and swaggering Duke make the two-hours-plus runtime fly by."
‑ Mayer Nissim, Digital Spy
"Both handsomely mounted and, for the most part, rousingly acted out."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Engaging and enjoyable French swashbuckler with superb fight sequences, a strong script and terrific performances from its excellent cast, though it does drag a little in the middle section."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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