Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Grace of Monaco

French director Olivier Dahan took on the life of Grace Kelly after successfully capturing Edith Piaf which seemed like a good match but proves a bigger challenge. Ten years after her fairy tale wedding that made her a princess, Grace Kelly finds herself trapped in a golden cage longing for her craft. An offer from Alfred Hitchcock and a crisis with the French government forces her to choose which leads her to the ultimate role. Dahan and writer Arash Amel took great dramatic liberties to create a conflict which fails to deliver. However given subject matter, it's a beautiful film that will please its target audience given the glamour effect and exotic locals. Nicole Kidman stars with a performance she could deliver in her sleep. The supporting cast doesn't fare well either which includes Tim Roth, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi and Parker Posey amongst others. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

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