This handsome and intelligent historical drama by Bertrand Tavernier (Captain Conan, Life and Nothing But) opens in 1567 during the civil war between French Catholics and Huguenots. After killing a pregnant woman in a chaotic skirmish at a farm, a veteran soldier (Lambert Wilson in an excellent performance) recoils from war; rejected by both sides, he's taken in by the family of a young prince he once mentored (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet). The older man is by far the most interesting character, but he's pushed to the sidelines as Tavernier, adapting a 17th-century story by Madame de La Fayette, focuses on the prince's unhappy marriage to a free-spirited beauty (Melanie Thierry) and her adulterous longing for his dashing cousin (Gaspard Ulliel). An engrossing subplot tracks the older man's chaste devotion to the young man's wife, which Tavernier parallels with his love of Christ; unfortunately the routine love triangle takes up most of the screen time. In French with subtitles.
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