A version of this review appeared Oct. 22, 2010, when "The Princess of Montpensier" played at the Philadelphia Film Festival.
Sixteenth-century France, the slaughter of heretics in Paris, the bloody war between Catholics and Huguenots, and a bunch of guys who can't take their eyes off a girl named Marie.
In Bertrand Tavernier's striking wide-screen costume drama, The Princess of Montpensier, Melanie Thierry stars as the beautiful Marie de Mézières, daughter of a sniveling nobleman who forces her into a marriage she does not want. She's in love with the strapping Henri de Guise (Gaspard Ulliel), who happens to be her cousin and also happens to be handy with a sword. But after a good cop/bad cop talking-to by her parents, Marie dutifully weds the young prince, Philippe (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet).