Despite the blood and gore, this film, viewed in French, provides a glimpse at what Paris/France might have been like during the infamous St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Tensions between Protestants and Catholics resulted in the surprise slaughter of thousands of Protestants gathered in Paris to prepare for a royal wedding. I find that movies like this provide another dimension to events I've read more than several times in history books, without fully appreciating the impact or the savage nature of the documented events.
Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet - what's not to like? I even have to acknowledge that Hugh Grant has been quite good in many of the movies he has starred in. But Kate Winslet has had the most interesting career, since, acting in a number of off-beat films as well as some very well done ones.
One of the few films available about medieval Norway. I heard from someone in Frosta that it was the most popular movie in Norway for a year or two after it came out. I enjoyed it - great filmography, good feel for how life may have actually been lived about 800 years ago.