In THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER, acclaimed filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier ('ROUND MIDNIGHT) directs a spectacular cast in a riveting, lush romantic drama set in the high courts of 16th Century France. Against the backdrop of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars, Marie de Mezieres (Melanie Thierry), a beautiful young aristocrat finds herself married to a young prince (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet LOVE SONGS), she does not love, haunted by a rakish suitor Gaspard Ulliel (A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT) from her childhood, and advised by an aging nobleman Lambert Wilson (OF GODS AND MEN), harboring his own forbidden desire for her. The Princess of Montpensier must struggle passionately to stay alive in the intrigue of this corrupt political and romantic web of duty, passion, religion and war.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Like its heroine, helmer Bertrand Tavernier's visitation to 16th-century France has both beauty and brains, and offers a portrait of renaissance life leagues more accurate than the most historical epics.Leslie Felperin, Variety, 04.22.2011
Though the movie is often powerful and sexy, it's also opaque at its center.David Denby, New Yorker, 04.24.2011
"The Princess of Montpensier" tells a fairly domestic story, albeit one involving high stakes and exalted people, major players in the ruling Catholic government.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 04.28.2011
An engrossing subplot tracks the older man's chaste devotion to the young man's wife, which Tavernier parallels with his love of Christ; unfortunately the routine love triangle takes up most of the screen time.J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 06.03.2011