Palais Royal!

(France/United Kingdom, 2005, 106 minutes)

Unwittingly thrust into the position of queen of a small European country when her philandering husband unexpectedly succeeds the deceased king, a plain speech therapist blossoms into a conniving media darling as she realises how much the royal family can’t stand her. Hit-and-miss satire of both royal aristocracy and the media that dote on them, with a number of excellent gags and inspired casting offset by an ill-resolved, one-joke script.

Gaumont presents, with the participation of Canal Plus and Ciné-Cinéma, in association with Samarkand Film Partnership No. 1, a Rectangle Productions/Les Films du Dauphin/Palais Productions/TF1 Films Production/De L'Huile co-production. Starring Valérie Lemercier, Lambert Wilson, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Aumont, Mathilde Seigner, Denis Podalydès, Michel Vuillermoz, Gisèle Casadesus, Gilbert Melki, Maurane. Directed by Valérie Lemercier; produced by Édouard Weil; written by Valérie Lemercier and Brigitte Buc; director of photography, James Welland; production designer, Jacques Bufnoir; costume designer, Catherine Leterrier; film editor, Luc Barnier.


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