La Princesse de Montpensier (2010) - trailer

"Director Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century." Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette which can read online at Project Gutenberg.

Release date: April 1, 2011 - USA, May 6 - UK

1562. In France, during the reign of Charles IX, the wars of religion are raging...

Marie de Mézières, heiress to one of the kingdom's greatest fortunes, loves the young Duc de Guise, known in the annals of history as Le Balafré, "Scarface". She believes he loves her back. To increase his family's prestige, her father, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince de Montpensier, whom she has never met. The Prince is summoned by Charles IX to join the war against the Protestants. With the whole country turned into a bloody battlefield, he sends his young wife to Champigny, one of his most secluded castles, in the company of the Comte de Chabannes, his friend and former tutor. The Prince asks Chabannes to complete the Princess's education so that she can take her place at court one day.

In unhappy isolation at Champigny, Marie tries to forget the passionate longing she still feels for Guise. Fate and the changing course of the war lead Guise and the Duc d'Anjou, the future Henri II , to stay at Champigny shortly after Montpensier has joined Marie there. In turn, Anjou falls in love with the Princess, to whose charms Chabannes has also succumbed.

A violent, passionate rivalry develops with Marie as the prize.

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  1. Hello,

    We've already seen it in France and it's a beautiful movie about XVIth century. It's historically quite correct and agreeable to see for historian like me. Gaspard Ulliel is very cute and a good actor. It's weird to see him acting like that because most of the time he play nice parts. The actor who play the Duke of Anjou is great too and quite new in France. I hope to see him again.
    Do you know if the movie will be projected in theater in French or translated in English? Because they speak like in the XVIth century, so it might be interested.


  2. Ooh, this looks SO GOOD! Thanks for posting this!

  3. Really good film!
    I have already the DVD :D

  4. Persephone, I'm assuming that it will be shown with English subtitles mainly except for in the French theatres.(in Canada anyway)



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