This acclaimed film presents the epic 16th-century saga of Margot de Valois (Isabelle Adjani) and her tragic arranged marriage to Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil). In order to create an alliance between the Protestants and the Catholics, Margot is betrothed to Henri, one of the leaders of the French Protestants. Margot, despite her initial hostility, eventually becomes Henri's main ally in a convoluted and conspiratorial court. However, determined not to consummate her relationship with Henri, Margot takes a Protestant lover (Vincent Perez) and during the St. Bartholomew's Night Massacre, in which the Catholics slaughter the Protestants, helps him escape. The events that follow change not only Margot's life but the course of French history.
1994 - Cannes - Best Actress - Winner
Main Cast & Crew:
Patrice Chereau - Director
- Format: DVD (20th Anniversary Edition)
- Run Time: 159
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 741952776192
- Genre: Drama
- Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: July 2003
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Certification. One episode of D.W. Griffith's famed epic "Intolerance" (1916) also covers the St. Bartholomew's massacre, but from a different perspective -- that of the victims.
"...A big, splashy role for the regal [Adjani]....Chéreau creates an atmosphere in which his actors' flamboyance can be entertaining..." - 12/09/1994 New York Times, p.C10
"...Mesmerizing....History has rarely been so gorgeously, electrically, sensously portrayed..." -- Rating: A - 01/27/1995 Entertainment Weekly, pp.32-3
"...Rich and full of verve....Adjani still burns a hole in the screen..." - 12/14/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F2
"...Adjani, rapturously photographed by Philippe Rousselot, combines Lillian Gish's silent-screen inner strength with sex bomb packaging..." - 06/16/1995 USA Today, p.16D