i think it's a nice "costume drama" and a satisfying adaptation of th 17th century.cause Tavernier took those "beautiful landscapes" and made a charming love battle film from it in a Madame de la Fayette style. Mélanie Thierry was shining as Mariette also...
Rock and roll à la cour du roi, ou la Nouvelle Vague, caméra à l'épaule, en costumes de sous Louis XIV ! === Rock and roll in the king's court, or the French New Wave shoulder camera, in costume under Louis XIV !
A film that tries to be everything without success. A cheap action film turns into a interesting moral tale before ending in a weak melo-drama...and it's too long ! There's no presence (from the actors) on screen and the music is excessive. Good ideas and beautiful landscapes are not enough to make a good film.
The movie is not about the princess and the men in her life, not even about a very bloody part of French history, but about enlightment and how out of place it is no matter in which historical era it happens. It is a story of history happening as it does, without taking sides, without a happy or else ending, simple narration with nice costumes, landscapes and actors. And a tortured Lambert Wilson, as he generally is.