Wednesday, November 3, 2010

La Princesse de Montpensier: Bertrand Tavernier (LFF)

Based on a story by Madame de Lafayette, this historical film is set during the religious strife in 16th century France. The
cinematography is excellent both in the outdoor and indoor scenes and the acting, particularly by Melanie Thierry in the
eponymous lead and by Lambert Wilson, her tutor, first rate. She is in love with her cousin though engaged to his brother
but is marroed off to another noble for political reasons to further her father's ambitions. Needless to say, although she tries to be faithful to her husband she has sex with the cousin she loves and also develops a strong attachment for Lambert
Wilson. The film ends in tragedy after a number of well-constructed and highly charged scenes both at her husband's castle and at the royal court. A really good film.

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