Vatel (2000)

Some men are too noble to live among aristocracy.

  • Genre: History, Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 2000-05-01
  • User Rating: 6.2/10 from 103 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 5min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Canal+
  • Production Country: Belgium, France, United Kingdom
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In 1671, with war brewing with Holland, a penniless prince 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, 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, 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?

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    Art Françoise Benoît-Fresco Set Decoration
    Sound Ennio Morricone Original Music Composer
    Camera Robert Fraisse Director of Photography
    Directing Roland Joffé Director
    Production Roland Joffé Producer
    Production Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
    Art Cecilia Montiel Production Design
    Editing Noëlle Boisson Editor
    Art Jean Rabasse Production Design
    Production Alain Goldman Producer
    Production Gérard Moulévrier Casting
    Writing Jeanne Labrune Screenplay
    Costume & Make-Up Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costume Design