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Monsieur N [DVD]

Philippe Torreton , Richard E. Grant , Antoine de Caunes    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philippe Torreton, Richard E. Grant, Jay Rodan, Elsa Zylberstein, Roschdy Zem
  • Directors: Antoine de Caunes
  • Producers: Pierre Kubel, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H8RVY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,727 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

French biographical drama based on the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon (Philippe Torreton) was exiled to the south Atlantic island off St. Helena, where he died a few years later. Or did he? Using a combination of historical record and creative speculation, renowned funnyman and director Antoine de Caunes has created an alternative portrait of the Emperor's exile.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Le Petit Caporal 13 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
This a film about Napoleon's last years on St. Helena and the alleged mystery surrounding his death. It's finely acted and the period costumes and scenes give it a splendidly authentic touch. If you've seen Le Colonel Chabert or The Duellists, you'll know what to expect. I don't feel that it has the excitement of either of the aforementioned films, but it will certainly hold your attention for 2 hours. The drama moves between the intimacy of his small court on the island and the attempts by the English to keep him under close surveillance, and the time after his reburial in Paris. Apart from Richard E. Grant, who plays the governor of the island, most of the faces were unfamiliar to me. Much of the dialogue is in French with English subtitles. So, did he die from arsenic poisoning of his wine and who was the culprit? Or was it the arsenic in the wallpaper? Was it his body in the coffin? And why was the body of his butler Cipriani never discovered? Qui sait?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon's last battle 4 Feb 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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At any given time there are always two films in pre-production about Napoleon's time in exile that never actually get made (last year it was an Al Pacino-Scarlett Johannson opus). Surprisingly a few years ago two got made at the same time - Alan Taylor's whimsical The Emperor's New Clothes and Antoine de Caunes' (yes, the Rapido guy) darker Monsieur N., a rather good but sometimes uncertain, albeit very handsomely shot, conspiracy drama about Napoleon's last days on St Helena and the mystery surrounding his death. At times it feels like two different movies as it moves between his parasitic court in exile and his eventual reburial in Paris decades later, but at least they're two different fairly interesting movies, and Philippe Torreton makes a convincingly bitter Napoleon. Richard E. Grant, a last minute replacement for Stephen Fry, is less successful as his jailor, particularly in his scenes as an older, broken man, and Jay Rodan's British accent leaves something to be desired, but they're minor problems compared to the irritatingly non-widescreen compatible subtitles (though newer DVD players might compensate) on the extras-free UK DVD from Lions Gate! These days there's really no excuse for that sort of thing anymore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon's last battle 19 Nov 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
At any given time there are always two films in pre-production about Napoleon's time in exile that never actually get made (a few years ago it was an Al Pacino-Scarlett Johannson opus). Surprisingly a few years ago two got made at the same time - Alan Taylor's whimsical The Emperor's New Clothes and Antoine de Caunes' (yes, the Rapido guy) darker Monsieur N., a rather good but sometimes uncertain, albeit very handsomely shot, conspiracy drama about Napoleon's last days on St Helena and the mystery surrounding his death. At times it feels like two different movies as it moves between his parasitic court in exile and his eventual reburial in Paris decades later, but at least they're two different fairly interesting movies, and Philippe Torreton makes a convincingly bitter Napoleon. Richard E. Grant, a last minute replacement for Stephen Fry, is less successful as his jailor, particularly in his scenes as an older, broken man, and Jay Rodan's British accent leaves something to be desired, but they're minor problems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars St Helen days of a toppled emperor 8 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
The film touches a much grey spot of history untold for many years. The last days of Napoleon in a remote island off the Africa coast. The film is interesting in its plot. Philippe Torreton is a strong actor who plays the emperor. The entourage of the emperor suffer much hardships and their loyalty to the emperor wavers from time to time. The new island governor is also demanding. Also some bonapartists from Corsican mercenaries try to attempt rescue invasion to the island...
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