Utpal Borpujari

March 21, 2010

DVD Review: Queen Margot

By Utpal Borpujari

This French film is as epical in its proportions as was Alexander Dumas’ novel, which it is based on. A lavish production that is brings alive a bloody part of French history, the film’s highpoints are its acting, drama and action. The violence is not for the faint-hearted, but what scores above all are brilliant performances by Isabelle Adjani in the title role and Virna Lisi as her mother Catherine (the latter had won the best actress award at Cannes for this).

A multiple-award winner, Queen Margot is about Marguerite de Valois, also known as Margot. She is an heir to the French throne in the late 16th century, a turbulent era when Protestants and Catholics were trying for control of France’s politics.

Catherine, a powerful Catholic, offers Margot’s hand to prominent Protestant Henri of Navarre in apparent goodwill, but at the same time plots the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in which several thousands Protestants were slaughtered. Margot, unhappy with the marriage, takes a Protestant lover, and the drama unfolds. If you love historical epics, go for it.

Queen Margot (La reine Margot); dir: Patrice Chéreau; 132 Min; Rs 349; Shemaroo World Cinema

(Published in Deccan Herald, www.deccanherald.com, www.deccanheraldepaper.com, 07-03-2010)


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