Exploring an all-consuming love affair between the exquisite ‘Princess of Montpensier’ and the object of her affections, award winning filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier’s latest work of art is a highly charged tale of aristocratic politics and tragic loss.
Set amongst breathtaking rural French landscapes, in the city Angers within the regions of Centre and Cantal, Tavenier’s most recent contribution to the 63rd Cannes Film Festival is an evocative and thought-provoking screenplay, which darkly depicts the corruption jealousy can have upon innocence. Inspired by France’s first historical novel, written by Madame de La Fayette, The Princess of Montpensier stars a cast and crew of young and up-coming talent. Featuring Mélanie Thierry as Marie de Mézières, Gaspard Ulliel as Duke de Guise and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet as Prince de Montpensier, Tavienier worked closely alongside his cast using original methods and techniques to create depth and texture. Hoping for the film to appear true to life, in the style of a documentary he directed his crew to forget about all the period they were working within and the historical aspects of the film. A complicated love triangle between husband and wife, her lover and the pressure inflicted upon circles within high society, the events which unfold are superbly portrayed, beautifully written and brilliantly staged.
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The Princess Of Montpensier is released 8th July