The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Critic Consensus: A film about court intrigue, The Affair of the Necklace turns out to be more dull than juicy. Swank seems flat and miscast in the central role of Jeanne.
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as Comtesse Jeanne de la Motte-Valois
as Cardinal de Rohan
as Retaux de Villette
as Count Nicolas de la Motte
as Baron de Breteuil
as Marie Antoinette
as Count Cagliostro
as Monsieur Bohmer
as Monsieur Bassenge
as Minister of Titles
as Young Jeanne de la Motte Valois
as Abel Duphot
as King Louis XVI
as Nicole Leguay d'Oliva
Critic Reviews for The Affair of the Necklace
The film has a desperate, disjointed feel that suggests the filmmakers realized it wasn't working and kept trying, ineffectually, to fix it.
The entire film seems a series of disjointed pieces, a screenful of iron filings waiting in vain for the magnet that will line them up in a unified field.
Shyer's film denies us the double dip of vice and virtue. It's moralistic.
Audience Reviews for The Affair of the Necklace
Decent movie. Good cast. Apparently based on true-ish events, but much was added for theatrical purposes, I would think. Hilary Swank is good in everything she does, and this movie is no exception. I knew nothing about this time period, but after watching this film I found myself looking for information. Interesting story, indeed.
The only reason I wanted to see this movie was because of Adrien Brody, But the parts he was in weren't worth watching the whole film for. I thought the music was bad especially the song at the beginning credits. The screenplay fails at trying to make you feel anything for the main character except that she is a greedy liar. One star for the Adrien Brody scenes.
It looks so stunning that you (or at least I) can take it seriously or not on whim.
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