Triumph of Love | EW.com

Movies

Triumph of LoveFlashes of sunny silliness escape the rigors of Clare Peploe's romance, Triumph of Love, a luxe adaptation of Pierre Marivaux's 18th-century...Triumph of LoveComedyPT107MPG-13Flashes of sunny silliness escape the rigors of Clare Peploe's romance, Triumph of Love, a luxe adaptation of Pierre Marivaux's 18th-century...2002-04-17Ben KingsleyParamount Classics
Ben Kingsley, Triumph of Love

(Triumph of Love: Sergio Strizzi)

C+

Triumph of Love

Genre: Comedy; Starring: Fiona Shaw, Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley; Director: Clare Peploe; Author: Clare Peploe; Release Date Limited: 04/17/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 107; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Paramount Classics

Flashes of sunny silliness escape the rigors of Clare Peploe’s romance, Triumph of Love, a luxe adaptation of Pierre Marivaux’s 18th-century classic comedy about a headstrong princess intent on winning her sworn enemy’s heart. But between love and madness lies…Mira Sorvino, a self-conscious actress entrusted with a role that calls for more authentic abandon. This nameless royal personage disguises herself as a gentleman to gain entry into the secluded villa where her quarry (Jay Rodan) is being tutored in the treachery of love by a coldly rational philosopher (Ben Kingsley) and his solitary scientist sister (Fiona Shaw), then she reveals or hides her sex as the folly of the moment demands. But while Peploe lays on a lot of visual and aural jokes (including shots of a modern-day theater audience and musical reverb from Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour), and while canny Kingsley and Shaw gaily provide the exaggerated swoons, it’s ultimately folly to believe that such a wan personage proceeds to inflame and seduce the whole household.