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The King's Daughters

A Feature film by Patricia Mazuy

Produced by Archipel 35 / Archipel 33

Release in France : 17/05/2000

    Synopsis

    France, early 18th Century. Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis the 14th, has founded Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility. Girls of all ages are gathered throughout the kingdom and brought here to acquire the language and manners befitting to their rank. For Madame de Maintenon, what begins as an amusing and heart-warming form of cultural charity will, over the years, become a source of nightmarish anxiety and eventually religious fanaticism. When the blooming young women present the court with a play writen for them by Racine, Saint-Cyr is brought to the attention of the king's entourage of rapacious young men in need of "fresh blood". The ensuing wave of wedding proposals only serves to exacerbate the growing sensual tension of adolescence that is wreaking havoc in Saint-Cyr. As a result, Madame de Maintenon turns to father Godet des Marais, an uncompromising Lazarist priest, who shrouds Saint-Cyr in a cloak of disciplinarian asceticism. But will it ultimately bring Madame de Maintenon and her girls salvation or damnation?

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    Subject

    It’s hard to feel sorry for Madame de Maintenon. She doesn’t bring tears to your eyes, nor does she weep herself. At no moment does she realize she’s failed. She goes from one certainty to another, from utopia to madness. Lacking insight, she creates a tangle of contradictions between her submission to the king and her own wishes, between her fear of hellfire and her thirst for power.

    Isabelle Huppert, Actress

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producer :

    Denis Freyd

    Screenwriters :

    Yves Thomas, Patricia Mazuy

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound Editor :

    Laurent Kossayan

    Music Composer :

    John Cale

    Sound Mixer :

    Laurent Kossayan

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    Yves Thomas

    Director of Photography :

    Thomas Mauch

    Production Manager :

    Jérôme Chalou

    Editor :

    Ludo Troch

    Production Designers :

    Thierry François, François Decaux

    Costume designer :

    Édith Vesperini

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    2000

    French release :

    17/05/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 59 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    93.355

    Visa issue date :

    13/03/2000

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (13)

    Mar Del Plata International Film Festival - 2001

    Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 2001)

    Selection

    Official Selection - Out of Competition

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)

    Selection (8)

    Best Original Music : John Cale

    Best Costume Design : Édith Vesperini, Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz

    Best Production Design : Thierry François

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Patricia Mazuy

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Kalfon

    Best Actress : Isabelle Huppert

    Best Director : Patricia Mazuy

    Best Film

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2000

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2000)

    Selection

    Week of French Cinema - films selected

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)

    Selection

    Panorama of World Cinema

    Montreal World Film Festival - 2000

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2000)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2000

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2000)

    Selection

    The French Woman and Love

    Munich - International Film Festival - 2000

    Munich - International Film Festival (Germany, 2000)

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    Films selected

    Cannes Film Market - 2000

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)

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    Cannes International Film Festival - 2000

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2000)

    Selection

    Un Certain Regard

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