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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Nicole Kidman
Tim Roth
Frank Langella.
Directors
Olivier Dahan.
Screenwriters
Arash Amel.
Running Time
103 minutes

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Grace Of Monaco
The princess and the slog


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Plot
Arriving in Monaco and falling for dashing Prince Ranier (Roth), Grace Kelly (Kidman) soon discovers that life as a princess is not quite the fairy tale she'd imagined. Protocol forbids her to reunite with old mentor Alfred Hitchcock, while her husband is increasingly preoccupied by a bitter tax dispute with the principality's Gallic neighbours.


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Grace Of Monaco

Caught in a cutting-room wrangle with Harvey Weinstein, Olivier Dahan’s take on Grace Kelly’s personal traumas amid the political struggles between Monaco and France is a bit of a mish-mash. Flitting between lush ’50s-movie pastiche, a simplistic TV-movie view of world politics and arthouse experimentation (there are long takes fixated on Nicole Kidman’s face), the film never lands on a satisfying tone. Whilst bearing little resemblance to Kelly, Kidman is okay — she has a nice rapport with Frank Langella’s priest — and Dahan occasionally finds his eye, but the film fails to deliver any dramatic punch or psychological insight. An opportunity squandered.


Verdict
The toxic reaction in Cannes should offer fair warning: Weinstein's glossbuster is a bust.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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Does Grace no favours...

Oliver Dahan's film is a tale of commitment and regret, set against a backdrop of diplomacy and political intrigue, told by someone who can't seem to convey the first two and isn't particularly interested in the latter. Directionless to the point of incoherence, Grace Of Monaco isn't even hammy enough to be enjoyed on an ironic level; it's just boring. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 00:09, 08 August 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Loved this

rs after making her last cinema appearance in 1956’s High Society, former Hollywood goddess turned Princess of Monaco receives an offer from Alfred Hitchcock, the director of four of her films, to star in his next project Marnie. However, nobody else in Monaco seems keen for Grace to return to the big screen, while her husband is involved in political manoeuvrings over tax and territory which could result in war between Monaco and France…… The critics really seem to have their knives out for ... More

Posted by Dr Lenera at 21:05, 12 June 2014 | Report This Post


Loved this

Loved this from start to finish, you're being way way too hard Empire!! ... More

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Posted by Azzurro06 at 09:42, 07 June 2014 | Report This Post


Why did they think a plot about tax disputes old make for a interesting movie?

Anyway, it's well known that Rainier was just after a movie star! Kind of negates the whole romance angle. ... More

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Posted by Belisarius0365 at 23:18, 06 June 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Why does this movie exist?

Looks worst then Diana, I saw Diana recently on DVD and whilst it played like an episode of Coronation Street it wasn't terrible, just not up to much. ... More

Posted by Willy Wood at 12:09, 06 June 2014 | Report This Post


Why does this movie exist?

It is the worst and most confusing thing I've een in the theater since the Wicker Man remake. Is it comedy? ... More

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