Get us in your inbox


  • Film

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.
Written by GA

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
You may also like
You may also like

The best things in life are free.

Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

Loading animation
Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!