The Princess of Montpensier
The Princess of Montpensier

The Princess of Montpensier

Director Bertrand Tavernier

Production year 2010

Length 139min.

Country France


Wars between Catholics and Protestants rip France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella by the celebrated Madame de Lafayette, the action centers on the love of Marie de MeziՌres for her dashing cousin Henri de Guise, thwarted when her father's political ambitions force her into marriage with the well-connected Philippe de Montpensier, who she has never met. When Philippe is called for combat duty in the army, she is left in the care of Count Chabannes, an aging nobleman with a disdain for warfare, and soon becomes exposed to the sexual and political intrigues of court.


Bertrand Tavernier
Bertrand Tavernier



Frederic Bourboulon, Laurent Brochand, Eric Heumann


Jean Cosmos, Fransois-Olivier Rousseau, Bertrand Tavernier

Director of Photography

Bruno de Keyzer

Music by

Philippe Sarde


Sophie Brunet


Melanie Thierry,Lambert Wilson, Grռgoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel, Raphaսl Personnaz

Production company(ies)

Paradis Films, Studio Canalco, France 2 Cinema, France 3 Cinema, Pandora Filmproduktion, Outsider Productions

Bertrand Tavernier

Born 1941, Lyon, France. French director, screenwriter, actor and producer Tavernier wanted to become a filmmaker since he was thirteen or fourteen years old. The first film director with whom he worked was Jean-Pierre Melville. Later, his first film (The Clockmaker, 1974) won the Prix Louis Delluc and the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize award at the 24th Berlin IFF. He won the BAFTA for best film in a language other than English in 1990 for Life and Nothing But and a total of two Cesar Awards. His film The Princess of Montpensier, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes IFF.


The Kisses (segment “Baiser de Judas”, 1963,), Chance at Love/La chance et l’amour (segment “Une chance explosive”, 1964), The Clockmaker of Saint Paul (1974), Let Joy Rign Supreme/Que la fՍte commence...(1975), The Judge and the Assassin (1976), Spoiled Children (1977), Death Watch (1980), Uns semaine de vacances (1980), Coup de torchon (1981), Philippe Soupault (1982, TV doc.), Cinռ citron (1983, short), La 8Ռme gռnռration (1983, short), Mississippi Blues (1983), A Sunday in the Country (1984), Round Midnight (1986), Beatrice/La passion Beatice (1987), Lyon, Inside out (1988, TV doc.), Life and Nothing But (1989), Daddy Nostalgia (1990), Contre l’oublie (segment “Pour Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Myanma”, 1991), La guerre sans nome (1992, doc.), L.627 (1991), D'Artagnan's Daughter (1994), The Bait (1995), La lettre (1996, TV), Captain Conan (1996), The Other Side of the Tracks (1997, TV doc.), It All Starts Today (1999), Les enfants de ThiՌs (2001, TV) Stories of Shattered Lives: The Double Sorrow of Lyon (2001), Safe Conduct/Laissez-passer (2002), Holy Lola (2004), In the Electric Mist (2009), The Princess of Montpensier (2010)

FILMS 2011