Vatel

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Despite a sturdy, occasionally subtle performance from Depardieu, cast (predictably) as the life-loving master of entertainments, burdened by his debt-ridden aristo employer (Glover) with the responsibility of providing food, music, theatre, etc, for the visiting Louis XIV (Sands), this tepid costumer is as much a hollow, purposelessly extravagant spectacle as the court shenanigans it depicts. The plot, such as it is, centres on the triangular romantic/sexual intrigues between principled lady-in-waiting Thurman, salt-of-the-earth Depardieu, and the king's malicious righthand wig Roth. For a movie about food, sensuality and passion, it's strikingly undernourished.

Release details

Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roland Joffé
Screenwriter: Jeanne Labrune, Tom Stoppard
Cast: Julian Glover
Uma Thurman
Murray Lachlan Young
Julian Sands
Gérard Depardieu
Hywel Bennett
Arielle Dombasle
Tim Roth
Richard Griffiths
Timothy Spall
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