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The Princess of Montpensier Out on DVD
From 24/10/2011 at 08:00 to 31/10/2011 at 23:00
Romantic historical epic THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 31st October.
From legendary director Bertrand Tavernier and based on a story by Madame de Lafayette, the film was nominated for the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2010.
1562. In France, during the reign of Charles IX, the wars of religion are raging...
Marie de Mézières (MELANIE THIERRY: Babylon A.D.), heiress to one of the kingdom’s greatest fortunes, loves the young Duc de Guise (GASPARD ULLIEL: Hannibal Rising), known in the annals of history as Le Balafré (“Scarface”). She believes he loves her back. To increase his family’s prestige, her father, the Marquis de Mézières forces Marie to marry the Prince de Montpensier (GREGOIRE LEPRINCE-RINGUET: Love Songs), whom she has never met.
The Prince is summoned by Charles IX to join the war against the Protestants. With the whole country turned into a bloody battlefield, he sends his young wife to Champigny, one of his most secluded castles, in the company of the Comte de Chabannes (LAMBERT WILSON: Of Gods and Men), his friend and former tutor. The Prince asks Chabannes to complete the Princess’s education so that she can take her place at court one day.
In unhappy isolation at Champigny, Marie tries to forget the passionate longing she still feels for Guise. Fate and the changing course of the war lead Guise and the Duc d’Anjou (RAPHAEL PERSONNAZ: Blame it on Fidel), the future Henri III, to stay at Champigny shortly after Montpensier has joined Marie there. In turn, Anjou falls in love with the Princess, to whose charms Chabannes has also succumbed. A violent, passionate rivalry develops with Marie as the prize.
- Age group: Everyone