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Monsieur N.

Monsieur N.

cast: Philippe Torreton, Richard E. Grant, Jay Rodan, Elsa Zylberstein, Roschdy Zem, Bruno Putzulu, Stéphane Freiss, Frédéric Pierrot, Siobhan Hewlett, ...

year: 2002

colour: no

certificate: 12

director: Antoine de Caunes

runtime: 120

Drama/ mystery Imprisoned on the island of St Helena, the 19th century's equivalent of Guantanamo Bay, Bonaparte is guarded by 3,000 British troops and 11 battleships. For a man who almost ruled the world, it's quite a come down. Not least of all because new prison governor Sir Hudson Lowe (Grant, on unusually good form) is such a priggish little clot. Hatching a plan to escape, Napoleon eventually dies on the island. Or does he? Young lieutenant Basil Heathcote (Jay Roden) is unconvinced, and decades later begins to investigate the mystery. Year of release in the UK: 2004

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