The Princess of Montpensier

2010, Romance/Drama, 2h 19m

66 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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During the French Wars of Religion, heiress Marie (Mélanie Thierry) finds that her father, the Marquis de Mézières (Philippe Magnan), has arranged for her to marry the Prince of Montpensier (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), a war hero with favorable political connections. Marie, however, is in love with Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), a soldier who is less socially revered than the prince. But Marie's protestations are for nought, and conflict ensues on the battlefield and in the bedroom.

Cast & Crew

Mélanie Thierry
Marie de Montpensier
Lambert Wilson
Comte de Chabannes
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
Prince de Montpensier
Gaspard Ulliel
Henri de Guise
Samuel Theis
La Valette
Michel Vuillermoz
Duc de Montpensier
Judith Chemla
Catherine de Guise
Philippe Magnan
Marquis de Mézières
Jean-Pol Dubois
Cardinal de Lorraine
Jean Cosmos
Screenwriter
François-Olivier Rousseau
Screenwriter
Bruno de Keyzer
Cinematographer
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  • (Bertrand Tavernier) has made an intimate epic, as coolly calculated as a chess match, in which blood on the battlefield and on the bedsheets is the fuel of economic and political power and masculine pride.

    August 23, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Everything's scenery, even the story.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Both handsomely mounted and, for the most part, rousingly acted out.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's clear that veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has set out to show the potency and relevance of a classic love story and that period romance is by no means a dead genre. On this evidence, he has a point.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Bertrand Tavernier, in his 70th year, directs with the energy and panache of a much younger man.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It gallops along as elegantly and confidently as the horsemen we see in the opening scene - part bodice-ripper, part patrician soap opera, and part romantic tragedy - albeit a romantic tragedy of no very great resonance or depth.

    July 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • (Bertrand Tavernier) has made an intimate epic, as coolly calculated as a chess match, in which blood on the battlefield and on the bedsheets is the fuel of economic and political power and masculine pride.

    August 23, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Everything's scenery, even the story.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Both handsomely mounted and, for the most part, rousingly acted out.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • It's clear that veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has set out to show the potency and relevance of a classic love story and that period romance is by no means a dead genre. On this evidence, he has a point.

    July 8, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Bertrand Tavernier has made a stunning film.

    January 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Princess of Montpensier could easily have become a tedious film; however with the backdrop of the war there is plenty of action to keep you entertained.

    August 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Princess of Montpensier

  • Oct 12, 2013
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    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
  • Aug 10, 2011
    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 C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    In "The Princess of Montpensier," the Count of Chabannes(Lambert Wilson) has finally come to his senses in 1562 to leave all the killing behind in the war between the Catholics and the Huguenots. In trying to return home, he learns the king will not have him because he was on the wrong side and the Huguenots won't have him because he deserted. So, he gets protection from an old friend(Michel Vuillermoz) where he finds a delicate domestic situation. Marie(Melanie Thierry) is horrified at the prospects at marrying Philippe(Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet), instead preferring Henri(Gaspard Ulliel) who she professes her undying love for. Somehow, her mother(Florence Thomassin) talks her down from entering a convent and the marriage goes as planned, while the consumation is another matter entirely.(Well, you try and get it up while everybody is watching.) Chabannes tags along with the couple in his role as tutor before Philippe is drafted into service to the king. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier, "The Princess of Montpensier" is a handsomely produced and engaging period piece. The strucure is a little odd at first because it starts out focusing on Chabannes before introducing the viewer to a chaotic situation all at once. While he is the most interesting character by far, he is simply an observer to everything else that goes on. And while that might seem as little more than a love triangle where everybody is at fault, it does not detract from the movie since it fits in well with the period, especially mirroring the civil war where nobody can get along with anybody else of a different background, even in an era when order and rank are preeminent and arranged marriages are accepted fact. In fact, the best that can be expected of one is peaceful coexistence and one is proposed in the movie that is very wrong on so many levels. Even with all of that said, an arranged marriage of historical fact is referenced that is intended to unite this war torn country.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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