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Vatel (2000)

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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.

Director:

Roland Joffé

Writers:

Jeanne Labrune, Tom Stoppard (English adaptation)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... François Vatel
Uma Thurman ... Anne de Montausier
Tim Roth ... Marquis de Lauzun
Julian Glover ... Prince de Condé
Julian Sands ... Louis XIV
Timothy Spall ... Gourville
Murray Lachlan Young ... Philippe d'Orleans, 'Monsieur'
Hywel Bennett ... Colbert
Richard Griffiths ... Dr. Bourdelot
Arielle Dombasle ... Princess de Condé
Marine Delterme ... Athenaïs de Montespan
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu ... Duchesse de Longueville
Jérôme Pradon Jérôme Pradon ... Marquis d'Effiat
Féodor Atkine ... Alcalet
Nathalie Cerda Nathalie Cerda ... The Queen Marie-Thérèse
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | UK | Belgium

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ватель See more »

Filming Locations:

Château de Chantilly, France

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Box Office

Budget:

$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,032, 1 January 2001

Gross USA:

$51,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,301
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film opened the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

Effiat quotes Melville's Captain Ahab (Moby Dick) when playing with the whale, but it was another 200 years before Melville wrote Moby Dick. See more »

Quotes

Gourville: 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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Connections

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Soundtracks

Secundo pezzo
Composed by Ennio Morricone
text based on "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" by Molière
Performed by Arielle Dombasle
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Historical Drama
1 July 2007 | by aa4353See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie due to the historical treatment of how politics played out during the time of the European kingdoms. Money is always the problem and the money is always from the poor for the selfishness of the rich---some things never change. Vatel like so many perfectionists of their crafts comes to the realization that no one cares--not even his employer! Good film with underlying truths that quite possibly could be reviewed in today's world. If you have visited castles in Europe you will enjoy getting a feel about how the sub-basements were used--no more complaints about your kitchen. Gerard Depardieu gives a good performance and the costumes and scenery are exquisite.


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