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5.0 out of 5 stars One Who Loved not Wisely But Too Well
Set in the period approaching the Massacre of St Bartholomew's Day this is a tale of lovers separated by an arranged marriage, of greed, innocence and jealousy. If the history of the wealthy seems rather frenetic it was never more so than in this era (a mixture perhaps of more wine than water and the nearness of death).

The film is beautifully set in its era...
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Charles Vasey

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3.0 out of 5 stars An Innocent Ensnared at the C16 French Court
Visually very beautiful and well-acted, this is the tale of how the innocent young Marie De Mezieres falls for the handsome, swashbuckling Henri De Guise but is forced for political reasons to marry the cold and unappealing young Prince of Montpensier. Still very young, she continues to receive lessons from the Prince's tutor, and some of the most moving and occasionally...
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by Antenna


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3.0 out of 5 stars An Innocent Ensnared at the C16 French Court, 13 Oct 2011
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Visually very beautiful and well-acted, this is the tale of how the innocent young Marie De Mezieres falls for the handsome, swashbuckling Henri De Guise but is forced for political reasons to marry the cold and unappealing young Prince of Montpensier. Still very young, she continues to receive lessons from the Prince's tutor, and some of the most moving and occasionally tense aspects of the film arise from the older man's love for her, which has to remain suppressed and unexpressed.

Many of the characters are two-dimensional, prone to sudden unconvincing changes in behaviour, or are caricatured (the tutor came across to me as the most "real" person), and the scenes are often too stylised for one to be deeply affected by the drama. I found myself more moved by the tutor's plight than the fate of the princess, which I do not think was the author's intention. Lacking a grounding in French history, I found some of the details hard to follow, but the bitter mistrust between the Catholics and Protestants forms an interesting background and overall it is quite entertaining.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Who Loved not Wisely But Too Well, 11 Dec 2011
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Charles Vasey (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Set in the period approaching the Massacre of St Bartholomew's Day this is a tale of lovers separated by an arranged marriage, of greed, innocence and jealousy. If the history of the wealthy seems rather frenetic it was never more so than in this era (a mixture perhaps of more wine than water and the nearness of death).

The film is beautifully set in its era using the Comte de Chabannes, a retired soldier, as an example of its rational side. It features the usual historical cast: Guise, Anjou (very convincingly played), and the Queen Mother; all well acted in splendid costume and sets, not quite the equal of Vatel but then the monarchy was not as wealthy as that of Louis. However, within this setting the story is the old, old, one of unrequited love. Lambert Wilson as the almost Don Quixote (he even has the hat) Comte de Chabannes, Mélanie Thierry as the child-like but beautiful Princesse (at times with an almost Bardot look), Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet as the shambling, decent but jealous husband, and other excellent performances just add to a piece whose general trajectory is doomward.

I think it will be a mite too long for many. Watching La Reine Margot before will also help you with understanding the "runners and riders" of the Wars of Religion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, Religion, Intrigue and a smattering of War in 16th Century France, 26 Dec 2011
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a French (sub titled!)period drama that takes us back to the religious wars of the sixteenth century. It begins in 1567 and the Prince of Montpensier (Gregorie Leprince-Ringuet) is returning from the fighting. His cousin Henri de Guise, is in love with Marie, but she is betrothed to his brother. However the Princes' dad has made her dad an offer and dowry he can not refuse and so she is packed off to become a princess (every girl's worst nightmare I suppose). Meanwhile the Prince has saved the life of his erstwhile tutor and mentor, the Compte de Chabannes (Lambert Wilson). The Compte has fought for the Catholics and the Protestants, but after accidentally killing a pregnant woman, he has become disillusioned with the whole war. He is left to guard the Princess and oops, her womanly charms get to him too - what is she like?

That is the stage well and truly set, what happens next is a sprawling tale of love and loss and duty and obedience as well as a few fights along the way. The trailers for this film do have a lot of fighting in them. The film is much more of a drama than a battle fest. The fighting that is done is well above average, I particularly like the great attention to period detail. Also it is done in real time, none of that speeded up malarkey or shaky camera angles that so many film makers opt for these days.

There are also some great moments of social etiquette history, like the wedding night scene where both the entire families gather to ensure consummation. Seriously I would not have been able to raise a smile, let alone anything else. The cinematography is luscious, all of the horses are beautiful, something I have never noticed in a film before, the costumes are exquisite and the whole thing has a feel of quality.

Writer and director Bertrand Tavernier has really done an excellent job. There have been some that said it was too long, and they may have a point as this runs to 139 minutes. I did not have a problem myself, but it probably could have benefitted from some editing down, I would be hard pushed to know where though. If you want an historical action movie, you will probably not be fulfilled with this offering, if you love a bit of historical intrigue, with more love plots than a pulp erotica, and more than a helpful dose of political intrigue, then get your popcorn out for a great French film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly diverting, 16 Mar 2013
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Period dramas usually put me off with their Madame Tussaud's aesthetic and melodramatics, but this one by Bertrand Tavernier is unusually good. It is very fluid and well acted, and many of the shots are quite lovely, capturing the chateaux of the Loire (one is Blois, the other I'm not sure) against which the one on the cover is considered embarrassingly modest in the film. It also has four photogenic heroes and one heroine also of considerable allure, so there is no lack of eye candy, and it is shot with a great feel for lighting and textures without becoming too arty. It's a bit like one of those paintings by someone thought of as secondary which suddenly strikes you and which you end up loving far more than those by more famous contemporaries. It also has an adroit use of music which points up its sensuality without any recourse to swirling strings and emotive gestures. And what sensuality! I must admit I fairly gulped when Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet got out of bed and went over to the window totally naked, his melons-like derriere even more ravishingly caught than in Les Chansons d'amour, and with more of an element of surprise. Oddly no one seemed to be lusting to get to grips with it, although passions are flying off in every other direction. Gaspard Ulliel is the most obvious pinup of the male cast, with his superbly handsome features and amazing dimple, explained in the plot as a battle scar but actually dating from a dog bite the actor suffered as a child. And Lambert Wilson looks as dashing as ever in the most interesting role in the film, perhaps, while Melanie Thierry has big lips that look very luscious against her loosened hair and cameo complexion. The story, while not exactly flimsy, is definitely in the background as far as the politics and religion are concerned; based on a novella by Madame de Lafayette, it is much more concerned with a ballet of intimate feelings with some proto-feminist shafts of insight, rather than a history book recreation. However it does get the harshness of life, the savagery of sword battles, and the general lack of humanity governing human affairs. All glossed up with some faintly ridiculous sequences where characters effect absurd volte faces, the plucky princess shouting one minute and allowing the dashing Henri de Guise (Ulliel) to cup her breast while hiding in an alcove the next, having for no good reason assumed a squatting position to make it seem more plausible that he might do this. But this and other similar scenes just add to its appealing energy and internal logic, taking its lead from the heart, even against such a punishing social backdrop. Above all, you enjoy the mixing of these elements, and the hand of a master filmmaker is much in evidence from every angle.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Religious war with style, 9 Nov 2012
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This work by the 70 year old Tavernier is a master class in how to make a serious slice of history both entertaining and informative. It is especially relevant in the light of today's religious conflicts in the Middle East. The Catholic-Huguenot conflicts were no less bloody, pointless and involving of many classes and factions, than Suni versus Shia today. This was not about a beautiful princess,she was just the eye candy to bring us to the show. The Comte de Chabanne (Lambert Morgan from Of Gods and Men) was the heart of the story- warrior turned pacifist, a man for all times.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good , very beautiful..., 2 July 2012
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proof one can have very good quality cinema at reasonable prices + the opportunity of practicing one's french - doesn't get much better than this
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Drama., 30 Dec 2013
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Mr. R. J. Clark "Mrs M. Clark" (Nottingham) - See all my reviews
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Bought for the Wife, who likes these type of Historical Drama's.

Ordered and arrived on time.

Not a lot more I can say.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars see my previous reviews of angelique as this lady played a major role in her story too, 6 Jun 2013
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loved this due to the connection to my previous reads " Angelique" wish itd been in English tho if u love history this hacks it tho
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The princesess of montpensier, 1 Feb 2012
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M. R. Mason "margaretmason5" (Langley Slough) - See all my reviews
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This was not enjoyable as it was not in english and had no subtitles.There is not much I can say about this. Sorry.
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