The Triumph of Love (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Triumph of Love (2002)



Critic Consensus: Not as charming as it could have been, Triumph of Love plays too broadly and amounts to little more than a trifle.

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A beautiful princess (Mira Sorvino) whose throne is threatened falls in love at first sight with the rightful heir to the throne, a lonely young man named Agis (Jay Rodan), in Clare Peploe's romantic comedy Triumph of Love. The film was adapted from an 18th century play by Marivaux. Peploe's husband, Bernardo Bertolucci, co-wrote the script and produced the film, which was shot, mostly handheld, on 16 mm. Sorvino plays a princess whose father murdered the father of Agis and took his power. Her enemies are preparing to correct that historical wrong, but when the princess boldly investigates, she finds herself smitten with the handsome Agis. Agis has been raised by a vainglorious philosopher, Hermocrates (Ben Kingsley), who kept Agis secluded on his estate for his own safety. Hermocrates has furthermore sternly taught Agis that romance and love are the downfall of the intellectual, and that women in general are not to be trusted. Hermocrates also has a retiring spinster sister, Leontine (Fiona Shaw of Harry Potter), who conducts science experiments in her spare time. The princess, accompanied by her faithful handmaiden, Hermidas (Rachael Stirling, the daughter of actress Diana Rigg), disguises herself as a male philosophy student, Phocion, in order to infiltrate Hermocrates' household. She plans to both revenge herself on her enemies, and win the hand of Agis, uniting her kingdom. In this guise, she befriends the na´ve Agis and seduces the fragile Leontine. Hermocrates, however, immediately recognizes her true gender. Still, she manages to appeal to his gigantic ego, explaining that she's madly in love with him, and believes that only his genius can show her the wrongfulness of that state. As the threads of her plan chaotically and comically come together, the princess finds herself haunted by her own conscience.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some nudity and sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Agnese Zeltina, Clare Peploe, Marilyn Goldin, Bernardo Bertolucci
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 29, 2002
Box Office: $0.3M
Paramount Classics - Official Site


Mira Sorvino
as The Princess
Ben Kingsley
as Hermocrates
Fiona Shaw
as Leontine
Ignazio Oliva
as Harlequin
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Critic Reviews for The Triumph of Love

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (29)

I was periodically put off by a certain self-consciousness of delivery.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Great fun.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The characters in Triumph of Love are trifles, so that the farcical situation, which depends on the audience buying quick changes of heart -- like falling in love in an instant -- has no resonance.

Full Review… | May 24, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

In short, a film dependent on deception relies on the Clark Kent school of disguise, and it doesn't work.

Full Review… | May 17, 2002
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It could have been something special, but two things drag it down to mediocrity -- director Clare Peploe's misunderstanding of Marivaux's rhythms, and Mira Sorvino's limitations as a classical actress.

Full Review… | May 10, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Okay princess story -- nothing special.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Triumph of Love


This witty movie/play will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing to the end, "Will she get her love or won't she." Very charming movie.


You can tell it was originally a play meant for the 17th century courts of France. That doesn't mean that it was meant to be made into a movie...and personally, I would have rather seen it done as a play...I would have liked it more. Though I did love Ben Kingsley!

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