Monsieur N.

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  • Summary: After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he died a few years later. Or did he?
    Using a combination of historical record and creative speculation, Antoine de Caunes has created a fascinating portrait of the Emperor's exile.
    After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to the south Atlantic island of St. Helena, where he died a few years later. Or did he?
    Using a combination of historical record and creative speculation, Antoine de Caunes has created a fascinating portrait of the Emperor's exile. (Empire Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. With some excellent staging, fine cinematography and first-rate acting, the film largely overcomes the awe it demonstrates for its principal character and succeeds in creating a mystery where perhaps there is none.
  2. The film holds us principally because of its Napoleon. Philippe Torreton doesn't perform the role: he exists.
  3. If it all adds up to too much for one film to encompass with ease, Monsieur N, is certainly richer than most of what you'll find on the History Channel.
  4. 70
    And though at over two hours the movie is too long and too slow, de Caunes sustains a sense of mystery and ambiguity to the end of what is both a satisfying character study and a stately quasi-thriller for amateur historians.
  5. 70
    De Caunes and screenwriter René Manzor do well when they dwell on history from a mundane human perspective, but Monsieur N. is too dry and too unsurprising for its two-hour running time.
  6. 70
    As modest conspiracy-mongering, the movie is perfectly robust, earning its dramatic impact from its classical sense of intrigue and Philippe Torreton's testy performance in the title role.
  7. The second half of Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N., about the post-exile life and death of Napoleon, plays less like a movie than a suggestion for one. This is a great disappointment because the first half is very cinematic and very compelling.

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  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. IgorC.
    Oct 7, 2005
    5
    Beautiful to watch but script plods & steps on it's wank for more than 2 hours. I'll never get those 2 hours back!

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