Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.
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In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the steward, Vatel, a man of honor, talent, and low birth. The prince is craven in his longing for stature: no task is too menial or dishonorable for him to give Vatel. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity, he finds himself attracted to Anne de Montausier, the king's newest mistress. In Vatel, she finds someone who's authentic, living out his principles within the casual cruelties of court politics. Can the two of them escape unscathed?Written by
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My dear Vatel, we all go around like some great celestial machine. The Sun King is at the centre; Condé is one of his planets; I am one of Condé's moons. Do you really think there is a place to stand where we are free?
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VATEL: Good actors, a good film but certainly not the best one of 2000
Gérard Depardieu is known for his historical films, in which he his master. Films like 'Balzac', 'The Iron Mask'... are a few of them. But this films isn't every historical it is always about food and the please the king Louis XIV. It was well played but there wasn't a good story. Uma Thurman, Tim Roth & Gérard Depardieu gave good performances but this film was to flat. The end was good, it wasn't a happy end, but maybe was a sad end the best choice.
That the film was spoken in English was better then it would be French spoken. The film was not a high-flyer but was not awful. We can remember it as one of the few historical films of Mr. Jouffé.
Rating: 7/10 or ** 1/2 out of ****
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