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The King's Daughters

The King's Daughters

A Feature film by Patricia Mazuy

Produced by Archipel 35 / Archipel 33

Release in France : 17/05/2000


    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?

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Archipel 35 / Archipel 33

    Foreign production company :

    Bright Lights Productions

    French distribution :

    Universal Pictures (France)

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    "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 (21)

    Executive Producer :

    Denis Freyd

    Dialogue Writer :

    Yves Thomas

    Screenwriters :

    Yves Thomas, Patricia Mazuy

    Director of Photography :

    Thomas Mauch

    Camera Operator :

    Jörg Widmer

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound Editor :

    Laurent Kossayan

    Production Designers :

    Thierry François, François Decaux

    Foley artist :

    Gadou Naudin

    Costume designer :

    Édith Vesperini

    Still Photographer :

    Roger Arpajou

    Assistant directors :

    Aude Cathelin, Christophe Marillier, Raphaëlle Piani

    Author of original work :

    Yves Dangerfield

    Foreign producers :

    Helga Bähr, Diana Elbaum

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Production Manager :

    Jérôme Chalou

    Editor :

    Ludo Troch

    Assistant editors :

    Estelle Babut-Gay, Rodolphe Risse

    Music Composer :

    John Cale

    Casting :

    Antoinette Boulat

    Sound mixers :

    Laurent Kossayan, Vincent Arnardi

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium, Germany

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    Majority French (France, Belgium, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    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 Production Design : Thierry François

    Best Costume Design : Édith Vesperini, Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Patricia Mazuy

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Pierre Kalfon

    Best Film

    Best Director : Patricia Mazuy

    Best Actress : Isabelle Huppert

    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

    Awards (2)