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D'artagnan's Daughter / La Fille De D' Artagnan

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
5.00 /10
Sophie Marceau , Philippe Noiret, Claude Rich
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Directed by: Bertrand Tavernier
Written by: Michel Levant, Jean Cosmos, Bertrand Tavernier

Released: 1995
Origin: France
Colour: C
Length: 130

A novice nun (Sophie Marceau) tempts the musketeer friends of her elderly father (Philippe Noiret) out of retirement, in order to fight a dastardly scheme to assassinate the young Louis XIV.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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That darling of the international art-house circuit, French director Bertrand Tavernier, follows in Richard Lester's frisky footsteps and takes an uncharacteristically light-hearted approach to Dumas's Musketeers. The plot is so convoluted that it becomes impossible to follow; Nils Tavernier, the director's son, lacks charisma as the love interest; the pace and running jokes are laboured. The whole film needed a lighter touch and tighter editing, and is at least 40 minutes too long. However, Miss Marceau is gorgeous; there are funny ideas (such as coffee being the 17th century equivalent to illicit drugs); and Luigi Proietti does a jolly turn as Cardinal Mazarin, a politician so devious that he ends up deceiving himself. And, like all Tavernier's films, it looks beautiful.

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