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Release Date: 8/7/2001
MSRP: $32.99

Studio: Buena Vista

Year: 2000

Run Time: 117 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Uma Thurman, Julian Sands, Tim Roth, Gerard Depardieu, Julian Glover, Timothy Spall

Directed by: Roland Joffe

Written by: Jeanne Labrune

   Movie Summary: [Drama]

    Set in 1671 France under the decadent reign of Louis XIV, "Vatel" charts the events of a three-day feast in an impoverished western province. In an effort to impress the gilded king and then ask him for financial support, Prince de Condé (Julian Glover) invites Louis XIV (Julian Sands) to his country chateau for a weekend of courtly merriment. Gerard Depardieu stars as Vatel, the chef and entertainment planner, who must succeed in presenting the most lavishly organized occasion the king has ever witnessed. Vatel masterminds the sumptuous details of the weekend with gusto and charming bravura. The chateau of de Condé is transformed into a world of delights, enthralling the king, his court, and especially the king's favorite lady-in-waiting, Anne de Montausier (Uma Thurman). But when the kindly Vatel wins Anne's fancy, he is in danger of angering the opulent and lustful king and his villainous cohort Marquis de Lauzan (Tim Roth). Based on a true story, with a screenplay cowritten by Tom Stoppard and Jeanne LaBrune, this decadent period piece from director Roland Joffé is a fine visual confection. The film features stunning production and costume design that captures the opulence of France's most legendary court and most celebrated king.


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