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The King's Daughters

A Feature film by Patricia Mazuy

Produced by Archipel 35

Release in France : 17/05/2000

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Archipel 35

Foreign production company :

Bright Lights Productions

French distribution :

Universal Pictures (France)

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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?


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

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Feature film

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1 h 59 min

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Dolby DTS

Posters (1)



Festival Selections (13)

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival - 2001

Mar Del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina, 2001)


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)


Week of French Cinema - films selected

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

Montreal World Film Festival - 2000

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2000)


Out of Competition

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2000

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2000)


The French Woman and Love

Munich - International Film Festival - 2000

Munich - International Film Festival (Germany, 2000)


Films selected

Cannes Film Market - 2000

Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



Cannes International Film Festival - 2000

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2000)


Un Certain Regard