The movie

Jeanne du Barry

The life of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.

Length: 113 min
Country: France
Language spoken: French
Language subtitles: Dutch
Cast: Johnny Depp, Maïwenn, Benjamin Lavernhe, Melvil Poupaud, Pierre Richard, Pascal Greggory, India Hair
Director: Maïwenn
Release date: 2023

Description

As a working-class woman, the young Jeanne Vaubernier (played by director Maïwan) yearns for a higher status, an almost impossible dream that nevertheless comes true through her charms; step by step she manages to climb the social ladder. When she meets King Louis XV (an eccentric Johnny Depp), it is love at first sight. She becomes his courtesan, and a scandal at Versailles ensues—because no one wants a street girl at court… The film opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

‘An entertaining spectacle… A preposterous confection of a movie, like one of the rich sweetmeats being languidly nibbled at court, but very moreish, nonetheless. It is handsomely furnished and costumed with blue-chip character actors in the supporting roles and some wonderful locations and interiors at the Palace of Versailles itself.’—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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