Monsieur N. (2004)
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After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoléon Bonaparte was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he died a few years later. Or did he? Telling his story through a British lieutenant assigned to watch over Napoléon, film depicts the sordid antics of the inner circle of French Army officers who followed the emperor into exile and implies that Napoléon escaped St. Helena so cleverly that his escape has remained undiscovered to this day.
Dec 3, 2004 Limited
Jun 28, 2005
Empire Pictures - Official Site
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Unfortunately, that same suspense -- Poisoned wine! Secret pacts! Doppelgangers! -- is sometimes a little too stiff, making Monsieur N. play at times like a second-tier Agatha Christie mystery.
This richly produced tale of the last years of the famous 19th-century conqueror has a certain captivating quality about it.
A film of polished ensemble performances, burnished period interiors and fine landscapes, but it's a little bloodless.
Though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians.
As modest conspiracy-mongering, the movie is perfectly robust, earning its dramatic impact from its classical sense of intrigue and Philippe Torreton's testy performance in the title role.
Pretentious and melodramatic.
Casting, acting, production values, scripting and pacing all make for grand entertainment for discriminating filmgoers.
de Caunes has mounted a handsome production, [but] the film's "surprises" are inherently predictable...
Even when the script takes a turn for the chatty, there's always something pretty to look at.
Handsomely designed and photographed, impeccably played, and both satisfyingly complex and ingeniously plausible.
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