Triumph of Love
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A beautiful princess (Mira Sorvino) whose throne is threatened falls in love at first sight with the rightful heir to the throne, a lonely young man named Agis (Jay Rodan), in Clare Peploe's romantic comedy Triumph of Love. The film was adapted from an 18th century play by Marivaux. Peploe's husband, Bernardo Bertolucci, co-wrote the script and produced the film, which was shot, mostly handheld, on 16 mm. Sorvino plays a princess whose father murdered the father of Agis and took his power. Her enemies are preparing to correct that historical wrong, but when the princess boldly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I was periodically put off by a certain self-consciousness of delivery."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"In short, a film dependent on deception relies on the Clark Kent school of disguise, and it doesn't work."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Okay princess story -- nothing special."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"This gender-bending romp is enjoyably witty, even if it feels rather long and pointless."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Sorvino, Stirling and Rodan are fine as the youth contingent, but the film belongs to Kingsley and Shaw."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Great fun."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It could have been something special, but two things drag it down to mediocrity -- director Clare Peploe's misunderstanding of Marivaux's rhythms, and Mira Sorvino's limitations as a classical actress."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The characters jabber away, the premise becomes ever more improbable, and you may well find yourself drifting to sleep."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It is the audience who will feel duped even more than the characters in the film."
‑ Susan Michals,
"Failed experiments are in general very educational, but that doesn't mean that you have to see it."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"The characters in Triumph of Love are trifles, so that the farcical situation, which depends on the audience buying quick changes of heart -- like falling in love in an instant -- has no resonance."
‑ Beth Pinsker, Boston Globe
"The entire cast is first-rate, especially Sorvino."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
‑ , Empire Magazine
"A concoction of airy artifice."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"Never has a costume drama been so much fun."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
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