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202 Ratings

The Princess of Montpensier

La princesse de Montpensier

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France, Germany, 2010
Drama, Romance


France, 1562. The wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants rage against a backdrop of intrigue and shifting alliances. Young aristocrat Marie de Mézières and Henri de Guise, a hero of the kingdom, are in love, but Marie’s father promises her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier.

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The Princess of Montpensier Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2011 | Winner: Best Costume Design

2011 | 6 nominations including: Most Promising Actor

Critics reviews

Bertrand Tavernier has expanded [the book] into a sly, alluring, and at times unsettling examination of the parallels between violence in the public and private spheres, in a society where a young woman, great in beauty and wealth, may be traded as chattel and pursued as the doe in a competitive hunt. He has made an intimate epic, as coolly calculated as a chess match.
March 01, 2011
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Tavernier’s film appears in the guise of a great swashbuckler, finessed with the expertise of a true connoisseur—it frequently brings to mind that Tavernier has written (with Jean Pierre-Coursodon) what arguably remains the best book about American cinema (it also remains sadly untranslated, which may also say something about film culture), but of course his deep knowledge and admiration of the world’s other film cultures shine as well. Now, that’s the Ferronian spirit!
June 28, 2010
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