Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) (1994)

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The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France. Catherine decides to make an overture of good will by offering up Margot in marriage to prominent Protestant Huguenot Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), although she also schemes to bring about the notorious St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, when tens of thousands of Protestants are slaughtered. The marriage goes forward but Margot doesn't love Henri and takes a lover, the soldier La Mole (Vincent Perez), also a Protestant from a well-to-do family. Murders by poisoning follow, as court intrigues multiply and Catherine's villainous plotting to place her son Anjou (Pascal Greggory) on the throne threatens the lives of La Mole, Margot and Henri. The American release version was cut to 145 minutes. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
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R
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Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Romance
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Miramax Films

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Cast

Asia Argento
as Charlotte de Sauve
Barbet Schroeder
as 2nd Adviser
Daniel Auteuil
as Henri de Navarre
Jean-Hugues Anglade
as Charles IX
Virna Lisi
as Catherine de Medicis
Richard Bohringer
as Voice of Coconnas [uncredited]
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
as 2nd Escardon Volant
Carlos López
as Garde Nancay
Pascal Greggory
as Duc d'Anjou
Bruno Todeschini
as Armagnac
Miguel Bosé
as Duc de Guise
Johan Leysen
as Maurevel
Gregoire Colin
as Jeune Egorge
Dominique Blanc
as Henriette de Nevers
Marc Citti
as Crussol
Laure Marsac
as Antoinette
Bernard Verley
as Cardinal
Philippe Laudenbach
as Pretre Reforme
Marina Golovine
as Lady in Waiting
Emmanuel Salinger
as Du Bartas
Charlie Nelson
as Commis Rene
Claudio Amendola
as Coconnas
Otto Tausig
as Mendes
Philippe Duclos
as Telligny
Bernard Nissile
as Protestant
Jean-Marc Stehle
as Innkeeper
Jean Douchet
as Eveque
Julien Rassam
as Alencon
Christophe Bernard
as Charles IX's Bodyguard
Laurent Arnal
as Protestant
Tolsty
as Hangman
Nicolas Vaude
as Protestant
Alexis Nitzer
as 1st Advisor
Dorte Lyssewsky
as Marie Touchet
Jean-Marc Stehel
as Innkeeper
Melanie Vaudine
as 1st Escadron Volant
Roman Massine
as Charles IX's Bodyguard
Julie-Anne Rauth
as Fille Cuisine Egorge
Cecile Caillaud
as Henriette's Servant
Marian Blicharz
as Polish Ambassador
Zygmunt Kargol
as Polish Ambassador
Julian Rassam
as Duc d'Anglencon
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Critic Reviews for Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5)

A model of heaving, combustible history, in which period lavishness and performance energy aren't mutually exclusive.

Full Review… | May 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Death seems to linger in every inch of the frame, yet the film lives and breathes like few others.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Though Queen Margot's sound, sets, costumes, and camerawork collectively stun, Chéreau prioritized his actors, and he gave his ensemble ample freedom to perform.

Full Review… | May 6, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Queen Margot is one of the great modern historicals. This is not a polite drawing-room story of men in tights and women in ruffled collars.

Full Review… | May 25, 2016
Epoch Times

That's a lot of plot-and plotting-to sort out, and while Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson occasionally fail to explicate it clearly, the center of the film holds strong.

Full Review… | August 26, 2014
The Dissolve

Among its many other accomplishments, 'Queen Margot' deserves a special prize for its inventive use of poisons - one receives "death by book."

Full Review… | May 11, 2014

Audience Reviews for Queen Margot (La Reine Margot)

Super confusing at first with lots of names and plots going on. However once it's gets going and u know the who the different characters are its very interesting and note understandable. It chronicles one of the worst events in the catholic history- st Bartholomew's massacre. Wow that male lead actor was hot and had an amazing body and the female lead was so pretty I'm jealous. I kinda wish they showed more of their romance but the movie had a lot going on politically. The costumes were amazing, good musical score and great drama throughout film. The villainous former queen was awesome and well acted. The death by book was pretty creative and sweating out blood was pretty nasty. The movie is kinda gratuitous with violence sex and death. I would like to give this movie 5 stars but the beginning was so confusing and so was all the plot stories that it was too messy; even if a lot of this movie was great.

Kim Bangert
Kim Bangert

Lavish, erotic and grotesque -- Patrice Chéreau's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' historical fiction of the battle for control of 16th Century represented by the King of Navarre and King Charles IX is basically cinematic opera minus the singing. However, it works beautifully.

Matty Stanfield
Matty Stanfield
½

Historical drama of epic proportions, sumptuous yet gritty, held together by fine performances from Isabelle Adjani, maidenly, distant, yet passionate and Virna Lisi as the villainous Catherine de Medici. Labyrinthine yet compellingly flamboyant.

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