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Vatel
     

Vatel

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Director: Roland Joffé, Féodor Atkine, Hywel Bennett, Gérard Depardieu

Cast: Roland Joffé, Féodor Atkine, Hywel Bennett, Gérard Depardieu

 

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A man hoping to win the favor of a King finds that his heart has gotten in the way in this lavishly-produced comedy-drama. In 1671, the Prince du Conde (Julian Glover) is a figure of French nobility who is deep in debt and suffering from gout. Hoping to buoy his fortunes and his reputation, du Conde wants to win command of the French Army in an anticipated conflict

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A man hoping to win the favor of a King finds that his heart has gotten in the way in this lavishly-produced comedy-drama. In 1671, the Prince du Conde (Julian Glover) is a figure of French nobility who is deep in debt and suffering from gout. Hoping to buoy his fortunes and his reputation, du Conde wants to win command of the French Army in an anticipated conflict with Holland. When du Conde receives word from the Marquis de Lauzun (Tim Roth) that that King Louis XIV (Julian Sands) wishes to spend three days at his estate, du Conde is determined to pull out all the stops, and he asks Francois Vatel (Gerard Depardieu) to make the arrangements. Vatel is a master chef with a genius for arranging spectacular entertainments, and he is determined that this will be a weekend that the king will always remember. But that's before Vatel meets Anne de Montausier (Uma Thurman), a lovely courtesan traveling with the king's party. Anne is the king's new mistress, but that doesn't stop Vatel from falling in love with her, and he is determined to win her heart. Produced in both English and French language versions, Vatel was chosen to open the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A visually stunning period drama enriched by superb performances, Vatel enhances its romantic story line with poignant observations on class distinctions in feudal societies. Gérard Depardieu plays the title character, head chef and entertainment coordinator for a prominent but impoverished French nobleman. Charged with preparing three days' worth of lavish festivities for the visiting King Louis XIV (Julian Sands), Vatel succeeds beyond his master's expectations but creates a major problem by falling in love with the king's favorite lady-in-waiting (the ravishing Uma Thurman). Complicating matters is Tim Roth -- suavely menacing as a royal confidant -- and Julian Glover, who really shines as the crafty nobleman. Director Roland Joffe (The Mission) makes the extravagant most of his budget and of the sturdy cast, each well attuned to the histrionic requirements of costume romances. Ennio Morricone's lush musical score is a real asset, too. A sumptuous feast for the eyes and ears, Vatel can be depended upon to satisfy even the most discriminating palate.
Los Angeles Times
Boldly distinctive in its depiction of individuals caught up in a veritable infernal machine designed solely to give pleasure to a monarch, Vatel is a timeless tale of love and sacrifice in a world as opulent as it is cruel. Kevin Thomas

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
UPC:
0031398139270
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; The Costumes of Vatel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Féodor Atkine Alcalet
Hywel Bennett Colbert
Gérard Depardieu Francois Vatel
Arielle Dombasle Princesse De Conde
Julian Glover Prince De Conde
Tim Roth Marquis De Lauzun
Uma Thurman Anne De Montausier
Richard Griffiths Dr. Bourdelot
Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu Duchess De Longueville
Jerome Pradon Marquis D'Effiat
Nick Robinson Colin
Julian Sands Louis XIV
Timothy Spall Gourville
Murray Lachlan Young Actor
Marine Delterme Actor

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director,Producer
Noëlle Boisson Editor
Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costumes/Costume Designer
Corinne Devaux Choreography
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Alain Goldman Producer
Francois Groult Sound/Sound Designer
Jeanne Labrune Screenwriter
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Cecilia Montiel Production Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Gerard Moulevrier Casting
Jerome Navarro Asst. Director
Laurent Quaglio Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Pawel Wdowczak Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vatel
   Chapter Selection
   Captions
      English For The Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: None
   The Costumes Of Vatel
   Sneak Peeks
      Bounce
      Hamlet
      Love's Labour's Lost
      Mansfield Park
      Shakespeare In Love
      Life Is Beautiful
      An Ideal Husband
      Beautiful Girls
   Play

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Vatel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the film was beautiful to look at and enjoyed the first two acts, but the third act is pretty random, perhaps because the bulk of the film only covers three days and two nights. That also may be what makes the affection that springs up between Anne and Vatel seem as if it came out of nowhere -- one second she's criticizing him for having been too extravagant in the past, suddenly the next morning notes are flying back and forth between the two saying how kind the other is, and then that night you've got an undying passion between them. Again, the costumes were gorgeous and the cast was great, but some of the characters' story arcs (oarticularly the King's brother's) didn't entirely make sense, so I guess either I or the movie I missed something.
madame13 More than 1 year ago
I bought this video to show my French classes the opulence and waste of court life during the time of Louis XIV. Vatel, the main character, was a bursar for the Prince of Conde and he planned a weekend extravaganza for Louis XIV and 6000 guests. The movie is based on the real life of Vatel. I don't think the story is very captivating for high school students, but it does give a good picture of the clothing, court life and customs of the times. There is some romance, too, when the king and Vatel become interested in the same woman. The movie needs some background info before viewing to best understand it. I think that adults will enjoy this movie more than teens.