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Time103 mins
GenreDrama; Romance; History; Biography
DirectorRoland Joffe
ActorG�rard Depardieu as Fran�ois Vatel; Uma Thurman as Anne de Montausier; Tim Roth as Marquis de Lauzun; Julian Glover as Prince de Cond�; Julian Sands as Louis XIV; Timothy Spall as Gourville; Murray Lachlan Young as Philippe d'Orleans / 'Monsieur'; Hywel Bennett as Colbert; Richard Griffiths as Dr. Bourdelot; Arielle Dombasle as Princess de Cond�; Marine Delterme as Athena�s de Montespan; Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Duchesse de Longueville; Jerome Pradon as Marquis d'Effiat; F�odor Atkine as Alcalet; Nathalie Cerda as The Queen Marie-Th�r�se
RatingPG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
CinematographyRobert Fraisse
PlotIn 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the steward, Vatel, a man of honor, talent, and low birth. The prince is craven in his longing for stature: no task is too menial or dishonorable for him to give Vatel. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity, he finds himself attracted to Anne de Montausier, the king's newest mistress. In Vatel, she finds someone who's authentic, living out his principles within the casual cruelties of court politics. Can the two of them escape unscathed?
ProducerRoland Joffe; Ilan Goldman
WriterTom Stoppard; Jeanne Labrune
SubtitlesEnglish; Norwegian; Danish; English (Closed Captioned)