The King's Daughters

(France/Germany/Belgium, 2000, 119 minutes)

In France at the end of the 17th century, king Louis XIV’s courtisane Madame de Maintenon sets up the Saint-Cyr school to bring up young girls from poor noble families to be strong and independent women; but two of the students see through to her real reasons. Heady, absorbing period melodrama of court manners and politics doubling as superb coming-of-age tale and liberal women’s picture.

A United International Pictures/Universal release. Denis Freyd presents an Archipel 35/Lichtblick Filmproduktion/Entre Chien et Loup/ARTE France Cinéma/France 2 Cinéma/WDR/FMB Films/ACCAAN/Les Films du Camélia/Cinéart co-production; in association with Sofinergie 5, Sofygram 3, Cofimage 10 and UGC International; with the participation of Canal Plus, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie, Filmförderung Hamburg and Filmstiftung NRW; with the support of Eurimages. Starring Isabelle Huppert; with Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Simon Reggiani, Anne Marev; with the participation of Jean-François Balmer; introducing Jeanne Le Bigot, Mathilde Lechastes, Nina Meurisse, Morgane Maré. Directed by Patricia Mazuy; produced by Denis Freyd; screenplay by Patricia Mazuy, Yves Thomas, based on the novel by Yves Dangerfield, La Maison d'Esther; music by John Cale; director of photography (Eclair), Thomas Mauch; production designer, Thierry François; costume designers, Edith Vesperini, Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz; film editor, Ludo Troch.


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