- Directed by Roland Joffé
Starring : Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth
France, United Kingdom, Belgium, 2000, 103 minutes, French with English sb
- Tuesday 21 April - 7:00 pm - Conference Hall
In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, the penniless Prince of Condé (Julian Glover) invites Louis XIV to three days of festivities at a chateau in Chantilly. The prince wants a commission as a general, so the extravagances are to impress the king. In charge of all is the steward, Vatel (Gérard Depardieu), a man of honor, talent, and low birth. The prince is craven in his longing for stature: no task is too menial or dishonorable for him to give Vatel. While Vatel tries to sustain dignity, he finds himself attracted to Anne de Montausier (Uma Thurman), the king’s newest mistress. In Vatel, she finds someone who’s authentic, living out his principles within the casual cruelties of court politics. Can the two of them escape unscathed?