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The Princess Of Montpensier
14 April 2011
Excerpt: Sometimes veteran directors make slower, more deliberate films as they get older, but there’s nothing draggy about Bertrand Tavernier’s historical drama The Princess Of Montpensier . Adapted by 69-year-old Tavernier and screenwriter Jean Cosmos from Madame de La Fayette’s 1662 novella, Princess stars Mélanie Thierry as a much-desired heiress who’s studying for her introduction at court with the help of principled count Lambert Wilson, while her husband (Grégoire...
Excerpt: This period drama is sumptuously set and fastidiously costumed. The renaissance, as far as we can tell, is faithfully reproduced and it's magnificent to watch. "Princess of Montpensier" comes complete with dashing sword fights and big bloody battles, but most interest is invested in the dilemmas of duty over love. As the drama is played out the heroine is unable to refuse the allure of true romance, a Queen of Hearts.