Lump together some ornate 18th-century French costumes, a few palatial settings, and a bunch of British accents (hey, isn’t this France?), and you have Charles Shyer’s pre-Revolution film about a scorned would-be royal (the badly miscast Swank) fighting for her birthright, her dignity, and a really big house. Period films can be awe-inspiring if rendered with attention to detail (Dangerous Liaisons, Sense & Sensibility), but an Oscar-winning star and attractive trappings do not a masterpiece make.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Simon Baker, Adrien Brody, Hilary Swank, Brian Cox, Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Pryce, Joely Richardson, Christopher Walken; Director: Charles Shyer; Author: John Sweet; Release Date Wide: 11/30/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 116; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted June 28 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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