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Vatel (2000)

Vatel (2000)



Critic Consensus: Visually sumptuous, but unengaging.

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In 1671, Francois Vatel, a master chef, entertainer and steward, is hired by the Prince de Conde to prepare an important feast for the upcoming arrival of King Louis XIV. However, it will take nothing short of a miracle to prepare a fete fitting for royalty while Conde's provinces rest on the verge of financial ruin. Vatel, however, is a culinary genius possessing a heightened sense of resourcefulness with which to resolve each new crisis that threatens to damper the festivities. He is caught off guard by only one unforseen factor -- the ravishing beauty of royal newcomer, the regal Anne de Montausier. Not only has she caught the king's eye but also those of Vatel and the king's nasty aide the Marquis de Lauzon. To the monarch and the marquis she is but a sexual conquest, but Vatel and Anne recognize the decency and honesty in each other, qualities in short supply in the rarefied world in which they exist.
PG-13 (for sexual content and some violence)
Art House & International , Drama
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Gérard Depardieu
as Francois Vatel
Uma Thurman
as Anne De Montausier
Tim Roth
as Marquis De Lauzun
Timothy Spall
as Gourville
Julian Glover
as Prince De Conde
Julian Sands
as Louis XIV
Murray Lachlan Young
as Philippe d'Orleans
Hywel Bennett
as Colbert
Richard Griffiths
as Dr. Bourdelot
Arielle Dombasle
as Princess de Conde
Marine Delterme
as Athenais de Montespan
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
as Duchesse de Longueville
Jérôme Pradon
as Marquis D'Effiat
Feodor Atkine
as Alcalet
Nathalie Cerda
as The Queen Marie-Therese
Emilie Ohana
as Louise de la Valliere
Natacha Koutchoumov
as Louise de la Valliere's Maid
Patrick Saverioni
as Rochefort
Julie-Anne Roth
as Maidservant
Alain Stern
as Sharp Equerry
James Thierree
as Duc de Longueville
Nicholas Hawtrey
as Lauzun's Secretary
Paul Brandey
as Comte de Mirail
David Gablson
as Creditor Guillaume
Louise Vincent
as Woman Creditor
André Chaumeau
as Monkey Handler
Jay Benedict
as King's Commode Valet
Dominique Frot
as Hysterical Woman
Leslie Clack
as Whipping Courtier
David Houri
as Vicomte d'Amboise
Christophe Prevost
as Lantern Deliveryman
Ron Forfar
as Melon Deliveryman
Albert Goldberg
as Leviathan Worker
Vincent Grass
as Martin's Father
Patty Hannock
as Duchesse at the Banquet
Fiona Curzon
as Woman at the Banquet
Adrian Pochna
as Foot Servant
Jerome Duranteau
as Cavalry Officer
Patrick Albenque
as Soldier at Chateau Gate
Vincent Nemeth
as Emissary
Edwin Apps
as Fish Deliveryman
Helen Later
as Servant with Flowers
Kevin Greenlaw
as Baritone
Joachim Serreau
as Young Servant
Pia LaGrange
as Duc d'Ambroise's Sister
Lionel Vitrant
as Large Cook
Alexandre Chaussat
as Cook's Apprentice
Louis Bustin
as Martin
James Ney
as Colin's Friend
William Hough
as Colin's Friend
Jesse Gage
as Colin's Friend
Capucine Daumas
as Danseuse
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Critic Reviews for Vatel

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11)

It's too turgid with its own upholstered pomp.

September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This putrid dish marks a new low for director Roland Joffe.

February 16, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's just deadly, deadly dull.

Full Review… | January 10, 2001
Top Critic

A costume drama with far more costumes than drama.

December 25, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

A landmark in world cinema not merely for sheer grandeur but also attention to dense authenticity.

Full Review… | December 25, 2000
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An improbable, if sumptuous, bore.

Full Review… | December 22, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Vatel

Not much to it until tragedy strikes. Some beautiful set work as Vatel arranges to please the King with a lavish celebration, but nothing memorable.

Drew Ryan
Drew Ryan

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

I Love the Extravagance during the Louis XIV Period in France, the Lavish Food Presentations(Chicken Covered in Chocolate), Fireworks, Entertainment as a High Art Form.I love all the Actors in this, & as a Foodie, & a person who appreciates all things Over The Top Gorgeous, this Film is very Special to me.This Story is of the Genius Chef & Event Planner, if you will, behind the Festivities that went on for Days.He was a very Complex & Conflicted Visionary who Designed some of the Grandest Celebrations in History. I had to OWN this Movie, so I do, even though most people have never heard of it, I always recommend to Foodies.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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