La reine Margot

Beautifully haunting…

La Nuit de la Saint Barthélémy. I was first introduced to parts of this piece through my review of La Reine Margot (here). I’ve now heard it in its wonderful entirety. There’s this beautiful surreal feel to it. Just stunning. Composed by Goran Bregović, the music to this film was apparently the reason for entry to the Cannes Film Festival. I absolutely love the combination of sounds and, dare I say, effects. And some of those chord progressions…! With that underlying relentlessness… ah, have a listen – it will be better than I can explain…

 

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In a Nutshell: La Reine Margot (1994)

la_reine_margotBased on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, La reine Margot (Queen Margot or Die Bartholomäusnacht) is quite a movie.

On the evening of the forced marriage between Margot (Isabelle Adjani) of France and Henri de Navarre (Daniel Auteuil) in a political move amidst the religious war between Catholics and Protestants, what is meant to be a wedding party is turned into a massacre (well, the guests were strategically invited) of the Protestants.

Margot finds herself under house arrest and struggles to juggle the agendas of her brothers and mother, keeping alive her husband and satisfying her own lover La Môle (Vincent Perez).

Coming in close on 3 hours, this is definitely not a light watch with Catherine de Médicis (Virna Lisi) instigating trouble wherever she can with poisonings, incest, murder and so on. With graphic violence and sex, this may not be for sensitive viewers.