31 August 2015

La Reine Margot

La Reine Margot 1994
  • Director: Patrice Chéreau
  • Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas
  • Cast: Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Vincent Perez, Virna Lisi, Dominique Blanc
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Isabelle Adjani – Quartet, Nosferatu
    • Daniel Auteuil –  Caché, La fille sur le pont, Jean de Florette 1 & 2,
    • Jean-Hugues Anglade – The Sopranos, Nikita
    • Vincent Perez – The Crow
  • Why? It was cheap. It’s historical and sounded interesting. Worth a try.
  • Seen: 29 August 2015 

       1572, France, war between the Catholics and the Protestants. A marriage is arranged between Henri of Navarre and Catherine de Medici’s daughter Margot. A marriage made in heaven? Hardly.
       It’s very confusing and I can’t keep track of who’s who and what they’re doing or why. It’s very bloody, but then massacres tend to be. This is, after all, the St. Bartholomew Massacre and it’s very graphically portrayed. Six thousand are killed.
       The film is very dramatic and passionate and romantic. My historical knowledge of this period is hazy and it doesn’t get so much clearer but some of the individual stories make a sort of mad sense. One starts to care about the fate of some of the characters but the film does not endear me to religion or royalty. It is not meant to, I assume.
       The acting is top-notch and the production sumptuous. It’s a film well worth seeing.

3 ½ * of 5

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