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The King's Daughters • Presentation
Late 17th century: Anne de Grandcamp and Lucie de Fontenelle, two little girls from Normandy, arrive at the school at Saint-Cyr founded by Madame de Maintenon for educating the daughters of impoversihed nobles ruined in wars. She is the secret wife of Louis XIV, and empowered by his support, Madame de Maintenon offers «her» two hundred fifty girls a playful and avant-garde education. Anne and Lucie, two inseparable friends, allow themselves to be carried away by the promise of a bright future. But Maintenon has arrived at the pinnacle of power through scheming and debasing herself and she now fears the fires of hell. She is counting on her model school to atone for her past sins. But her failure becomes obvious to everyone when the Court comes to admire her girls in a play by Racine: Maintenon has only succeeded in fashioning little courtesans in her own image. She then hands herself over to a an of the church to lead the school back to the path of purity, even if it means breaking her promises of reedom. From then on she is willing to do anything to force God to open His doors to her. Lucie is to follow her blindly in her mad undertaking but Anne tries to resist her…
Theatrical Release France: 17th may 2000 - Year of production: 1999
Directed by Patricia Mazuy
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Nina Meurisse, Morgan Moré, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Simon Reggiani and the participation of Jean-François Balmer
A coproduction Archipel 35, Lichtblick FilmProduktion, Entre Chien et Loup, Arte France Cinéma, France 2 Cinéma, WDR, FMB Films, ACCAAN, Les Films du Camélia, Cinéart S. A.
Length: 1h55 - Theatrical Distribution: UIP - Video Edition: Universal Pictures