Mademoiselle de Joncquières

By March 27, 2019Uncategorised

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France

Director: Emmanuel Mouret
Cast: Cécile de France, Edouard Baer, Alice Isaaz 
Runtime: 109 minutes 
Language: French with English subtitles
Rating: 14A

César Awards (France): Best Costume Design; César Award Nominations: Best Actress (Cécile de France), Best Actor (Edouard Baer), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design. Toronto International Film Festival Nomination: Platform Award. Eight other nominations.

“Mademoiselle de Joncquieres” takes a stealthy and slow-burn approach before fully revealing its true colors as a shrewdly choreographed roundelay of scheming, seduction and revenge in the spirit of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”—Joe Leydon, Variety

A gender war plays out in the French countryside in “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” an artfully directed and sinfully entertaining costume drama.

Cécile de France and Édouard Baer star as Madame de la Pommeraye and the Marquis de Arcis. She’s a wealthy widow with sharp wit and cunning observation. He’s a limited-time romantic, concocting all the right words to have his way with women before breaking for the exit.

As his latest spurned lover, Madame Pommeraye seeks revenge by hiring Mademoiselle de Joncquières (Alice Isaaz), an idolized young beauty whose unfortunate circumstances led to her own mother drawing her into sex work.

Pommeraye’s scheme involves hiding Joncquières’s profession while dangling her like prey, orchestrating the Marquis’s obsession in a plot that makes for some politely hilarious embarrassments.

Lush costumes, languid pacing and the elaborate syntax of the 18th-century all create an exquisitely measured effect. The twisting plot is delightful to follow, and the film is always gorgeous to look at. 

Director Emmanuel Mouret’s endlessly witty script draws on source material from 18th-century playwright and libertine Denis Diderot. The borders between friendship, love, and betrayal have always been hard to delineate, let alone redraw, no matter how well people can talk.

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