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The Princess Of Montpensier Review


Excellent
Veteran filmmaker Tavernier approaches this 16th century drama with a fresh touch. It has everything you hope for: swashbuckling, romantic intrigue, heaving bosoms. But a blast of realism continually catches us off guard.

The Marquis of Mezieres (Magnan) is only mildly annoyed that his daughter Marie (Thierry) has fallen for suave warrior Henri (Ulliel), even though she's promised to his brother (Domboy). Then a better offer comes along, and the Marquis offers her to Prince Philippe (Leprince-Ringuet), son of the Duke of Montpensier (Vuillermoz). Leaving Marie with his loyal mentor Chabannes (Wilson), Philippe rejoins battle alongside his old friend Henri in the war between the Catholics and the Huguenots. But Philippe soon becomes jealous of Henri, as well as the flirtatious Duke of Anjou (Personnaz).

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In 16th century France, wars were raging between the Catholics and the Protestants. Heiress Marie de M'ziSres is forced into marriage by her father, the Marquis de M'ziSres to a man she has never met, Prince Philippe de Montpesier. Marie refuses at first, because she's in love with her handsome childhood friend, Henri de Guise.

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In The Arms Of My Enemy Review


Very Good
One of the nice things about being alive at this point in history is that we all pretty much agree on the basic concepts of human rights and the idea that every human life has value. But it wasn't always so. Take, for example, Eastern Europe in 1810, when Cossacks stormed across the countryside grabbing territory and brutally smiting down innocent civilians under the vaguest of religious and political pretexts.

In the Arms of My Enemy drops us into this wet, cold, poverty-stricken environment with great effectiveness. You can almost feel yourself getting muddy as you watch. A story of two sets of brothers who collide with disastrous results, it's violent and relentlessly depressing but ultimately sort of uplifting. It's quite a ride.

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Love Songs Review


Good
Christopher Honore's Love Songs is an atmosphere of dalliance without any real characters to speak of. It's a light and playful story about sex and love but doesn't really say anything specific about either one. The actors, all proven performers, walk through it with a flirtatious candor, but never let in on what they're after or what they're flirting with besides each other. It so badly wants to be revisionist Godard but it ends up sub-Lelouch at best. Even so, the talented, young director floors it and manages to evade worn-out sexual archetypes with a gleeful glint in his eye.

Has a director ever gone so 180 as Honore, last seen offering the inside-out Dans Paris. Love Songs, his third and weakest film, builds on an endlessly-trampled possibility: Is it conceivable to have a relationship with three people where everyone happily coexists? As always, there's a couple at the middle, Ismaël (Louis Garrel) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier), who are happy and in love but want to try their luck with another person. Enter Alice (Regular Lovers' Clotilde Hesme), a co-worker of Ismaël's. Alice and Julie fool around, and so do Alice and Ismaël, but Julie is unsatisfied with the experiment, which might explain why she shares the news with her entire family.

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Strayed Review


Good
Strayed is set in World War II during the German occupation of France. The setup is simple; a woman named Odile (Emmanuelle Béart), along with her two children, escapes a convoy that has been air attacked by German airplanes. They spend the night in the forest and the next day meet a teenager named Yvon (Gaspard Ulliel), who takes them to safety.

Yvon, who is on the run from both the Germans and the French, takes the family to an abandoned country chateau, which he has broken into. Over the course of a few weeks they begin to live in the chateau as a makeshift family. Yvon befriends Odile's son (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) and - much to the chagrin of Odile - becomes a father figure to the boy. And in time - even though Odile is Yvan's senior by many years - they both fall for each other.

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Strayed Review


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Fleeing the June 1940 arrival of Hitler's army in Paris, a pretty young war widow (Emanuelle Béart) and her two children are rescued from dive-bombing German fighters by a cocky, reckless teenager (Gaspard Ulliel) -- and his inbred instinct for survival quickly becomes the family's salvation in "Strayed," a drama of fugitive subsistence and uneasy camaraderie from French director André Téchiné ("Alice et Martin").

Much to the discomfort of Béart, who clings idealistically and insistently to the conventions of civilized society as the world falls apart around her, the courageous but disconcerting young man leads her family far off the beaten path, convinced that nowhere is safe to hide until they stumble upon a remote and abandoned chateau.

Over the course of several weeks as squatters (or maybe it's months -- the film's timeline is unclear), an uneasy new family unit forms as Béart's 13-year-old son (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) takes a brotherly shine to his emotionally unpredictable savior, whose elusive, paranoid behavior suggests he may be a deserter. But while the young man's looting of empty villages becomes their sustenance, his volatility and cache of weapons taken off dead soldiers keeps the mother on edge.

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The Princess of Montpensier Movie Review

The Princess of Montpensier Movie Review

Veteran filmmaker Tavernier approaches this 16th century drama with a fresh touch. It has everything...

The Princess Of Montpensier Trailer

The Princess Of Montpensier Trailer

In 16th century France, wars were raging between the Catholics and the Protestants. Heiress Marie...

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Strayed Movie Review

Strayed Movie Review

Strayed is set in World War II during the German occupation of France. The setup...

Strayed Movie Review

Strayed Movie Review

Fleeing the June 1940 arrival of Hitler's army in Paris, a pretty young war widow...

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