Vatel

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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.

Details

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