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The Princess of Montpensier Details


A beautiful woman struggles with the three men who control her life and the one who has won her heart in this historical drama from director Bertrand Tavernier. In 1567, France is mired in a civil war between Catholics and Huguenots (early Protestants), and the Marquis de Mézières (Philippe Magnan) is eager to form an alliance with the Duc de Montpensier (Michel Vuillermoz). With this in mind, the marquis strikes a deal in which his beautiful daughter Marie (Mélanie Thierry) will wed Philippe (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), Montpensier's son. Marie is not especially happy with this notion, as she's fallen in love with Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), her handsome cousin, but she dutifully agrees to the match, and soon Marie and Philippe are sharing an estate in the countryside. However, Philippe is soon called up to fight in the civil war, and he asks his friend and tutor the Comte de Chabannes (Lambert Wilson) to look after Marie while he's gone. Marie is bright but not educated, and Chabannes is asked to educate her in intellectual and social matters; as he gets to know Marie, he falls deeply in love with her, but she's already divided in her loyalties between her husband and the man she truly loves. Adapted from the classic novel by Madame de La Fayette, La Princesse de Montpensier (aka The Princess of Montpensier) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:April 15, 2011


Mélanie Thierry
as Marie de Mézières
Lambert Wilson
as Francois de Chabannes
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet
as Philippe de Montpensier
Gaspard Ulliel
as Henri de Guise
Raphaël Personnaz
as Duc d'Anjou
Eric Rulliat
as Quelus
Michel Vuillermoz
as Duc de Montpensier
Judith Chemla
as Catherine de Guise
Philippe Magnan
as Marquis de Mézières
Florence Thomassin
as Marquise de Mézières


Bertrand Tavernier
Eric Heumann
Bertrand Tavernier
Screen Story
Jean Cosmos
Dialogue Writer
Jean Cosmos
Francois Olivier Rousseau
Screen Story
Bruno de Keyzer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Sophie Brunet
Laurent Brochand
Associate Producer
Marc Sillam
Associate Producer
Frederic Bourboulon
Executive Producer
Guy-Claude Francois
Set Designer
Caroline de Vivaise
Costume Designer
Elisabeth Paquotte
Sound/Sound Designer
Olivier Schwob
Sound/Sound Designer
Valerie Othenin-Girard
First Assistant Director
Chris Squires
Camera Operator
Francois Hamel
Production Manager
Gerard Moulevrier
Robert Bouladoux
Unit Production Manager
Francois Hamel
Production Director