...this film is actually really good.
It's a nice entry to the rather extraordinary world that Louis XIV created for himself. The premise is that he was a dreaming King and that he dreamed to music. The music was provided by Jean Baptist Lully. Personally I can't get away with Lully since, to me at least, everything he wrote sounds like the Te Deum or a variation on the theme. But luckily this is not about Lully per say, it's about Louis' relationship with Lully's music.
The highlight is the acting. Colette Emmanuelle does a cracking job of Anne of Austria, a woman who was as duplicitous as she was devout. Benoît Magimel is good as older Louis although his pip squeak laughing is a bit grinding. Tchéky Karyo does a decent Moliere and Boris Terral is good as Lully. The best of the acting came from a young kid called Emil Tarding who I'd never seen before and I think hasn't done anything since. He is a brilliant and totally believable young Sun King.
The set is fantastic, very stately, suitably grand. The costumes too are very good too. The only reason I didn't give this film five stars is that I HATE flashback movies and this is Lully's flashback of his life in the court of Versailles/ Palais Royal/ Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Lully famously stabbed himself in the foot conducting the Te Deum and this film stabs itself in the foot by using a frankly awful method of story telling. However, that aside it is a captivating movie and deserves more attention that it got.
Louis is king of the dance and by the way in this film the dancing and the cerography are good too :)