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La Reine Margot * Patrice Chéreau * 1994

Too long ago I saw this film and wanted to get it on video or dvd. For some reason it took very long before it was available and then it was very expensive. Now the film was on the Belgian public television, so I suppose an affordable dvd version will follow soon.

“La Reine Margot” is an historic film like “Elizabeth” and also the stories of these two films are a bit akin. There is a struggle between the Catholic and Protestant Christian camps and this struggle is bloody. The film plays in France and the young Catholic beauty Margot is forced to marry a Protestant king to bring peace in France. On the day of the marriage the Catholics kill almost every protestant present in Paris in a violent massacre and after this the lives of all the main characters comes under threat. Conspiries of Catholics, Protestants, but even within the camps and families themselves make life a living hell for everyone.

All this results in am impressive and rather grim film which is not only great to watch, but also a descent history lesson.

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