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The Princess Of Montpensier (2011)



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France, 1562. Against a background of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mézières (Mélanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat, and the rakish Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), fall in love, but Marie's father has promised her hand in marriage to the Prince of Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet). When he is called away to battle, her husband leaves her in the care of Count Chabannes (Lambert Wilson), an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare. As he experiences his own … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Cosmos , François-Olivier Rousseau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2011
Box Office: $0.3M


as Marie de Montpensier

as Comte de Chabannes

as Philippe de Montpens...

as Henri de Guise

as Duc d'Anjou

as La Valette

as Duc de Montpensier

as Catherine de Guise

as Marquis de Mézières

as Cardinal de lorraine

as Marquise de Mézières
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Critic Reviews for The Princess Of Montpensier

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (23)

Functions swimmingly as an ambiguous study of wrongly diverted passions.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

An engrossing subplot tracks the older man's chaste devotion to the young man's wife, which Tavernier parallels with his love of Christ; unfortunately the routine love triangle takes up most of the screen time.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Swords cross, blood spurts and bosoms heave in The Princess of Montpensier, French director Bertrand Tavernier's thoroughly ravishing drama.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

There is more than a trace of ennui in a story that gallops at times and plods along at others.

Full Review… | June 3, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

How can the 16th-century heroine of a movie based on a 17th-century novella feel like such a 21st-century woman - without seeming at all anachronistic? That's the wonder of Bertrand Tavernier's "The Princess of Montpensier.''

Full Review… | May 19, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The twisting narrative is rendered skilfully so that it is easy to follow even as allegiences and alliances shift, and there is plenty of space to revel in the complexity of the characters.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for The Princess Of Montpensier


Nice story. Beautifully done. However, it just goes on and on, and has one of those unsatisfying endings...2 1/2hrs is way too long to have to wait for an ending like that. Great costumes and art direction, though.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


For a film which strives for "l'amour", this is a coldly directed and not sweeping enough epic with an irritating protagonist at its center. Quite frankly, one huge bore.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

I guess I am just a sucker for a pretty face. I quite enjoyed this, despite its shortcomings. A tragic story of a woman caught between her duty and her passion, who throws it all over for a man who proved unworthy. It also portrayed her husband as a man consumed by insecurity and jealousy. The battle scenes were brutal, the French countryside bucolic and the court intrigues just subtle enough for this viewer to find himself immersed for the more than two hours that the film ran.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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