Triumph of Love: Sergio Strizzi
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Triumph of Love

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/17/02
performer
Fiona Shaw, Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley
director
Clare Peploe
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Clare Peploe
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C+

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.

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