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Jeanne du Barry

M 117 MIN
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Synopsis

The lavish new historical drama from writer/director Maïwenn (Mon Rois, Polisse), JEANNE DU BARRY is freely inspired by the life of the titular rags-to-riches social climber, a working-class woman who became the mistress of King Louis XV, played with taciturn command by Johnny Depp in his first French-language speaking role.

18th Century, pre-Revolution France. Jeanne Bécu (Maïwenn), the illegitimate daughter of a monk, hungers for culture and pleasure, and is determined to escape her commoner upbringing. With charm and sharp wit, she builds a reputation as a skilled courtesan and her benefactor, the Comte du Barry (Melvil Poupaud) grows rich through her amorous encounters. Wishing to present her to the widowed King (Depp), a renowned womaniser, the Comte orchestrates a meeting through the influential Duke of Richelieu (Pierre Richard).

For Jeanne and Louis, it’s intoxication at first sight; soon the King, rediscovering his appetite for life, anoints her as his new favourite. Unapologetically ignoring propriety and etiquette, with the help of his valet La Borde (a scene-stealing Benjamin Lavernhe), Louis moves her into his Versailles palace, sparking both derision and scandal... and jeopardising relations with the newly-arrived Marie Antoinette (Pauline Pollmann), the Austrian queen-in-waiting...

Finding mordant delight in the intrigues and rituals of high court life, JEANNE DU BARRY is a visual feast – sumptuously filmed in 35mm on location at Versailles and featuring majestic costumes and production design. In tracing a passionate woman, guilty only of trying to rise above her station, Maïwenn delivers an exuberant and sensitive portrait of class, ambition and both the rewards and risks of living in the public eye.

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Reviews


"Magnificently staged. A classic but very contemporary and totally inhabited film."

- LE PARISIEN


"Mischievous. A sparkling tale where historical realism and fantasy combine."

- TÉLÉRAMA



"Strikes straight to the heart with its tragic romanticism, its lyricism and its crafted dialogues which convey a fierce modernity."

- LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE



"A subtle and well-crafted costume drama with plenty of satirical bite, laying bare the absurdity and chauvinism of court life. As a director, Maiwenn pays exhaustive attention to costume and production design, and also makes very inventive use of its Versailles locations"

- THE INDEPENDENT


"Unmissable."

- MADAME FIGARO


Movie Information

Release date

Thursday 18th April
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Duration

117 min

Rating

M

Cast

Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Noémie Lvovsky, Johnny Depp, Maïwenn , Pascal Greggory

Director

Maïwenn

Genre

Drama

Language

French with English subtitles

Participating Cinemas

Pentridge Cinema, Palace Penny Lane, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Brighton Bay, The Kino, Palace Westgarth, Palace Norton Street, Palace Central, Palace Moore Park, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Barracks, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square



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