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|Triumph of Love|
Actors: Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley, Rachael Stirling, Jay Rodan, Ignazio Oliva
Director: Clare Peploe
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy
Mira Sorvino is adorable in this lovely adaptation of the 17th-century comedy Triumph of Love. When a princess (Sorvino) sets out to return her throne to its rightful heir, the rightful heir turns out to be a handsome youn... more »
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An undiscovered delight...
Steven Dennis | Reston, VA USA | 10/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I, frankly, had never heard of this movie, despite the stellar cast and director. My wife brought it home from Blockbuster, and I sat down with low expectations -- here would be yet another stiff period piece, a la Howard's End, I thought. Boy, was I wrong. This risque farce is barrels of sweet fun. I laughed harder than I have in a long time, and just fell for the sweet, sultry performance of Mira Sorvino. She lights up the screen.Bravo!"
Behold the power of cheese!
CodeMaster Talon | Orlando, FL United States | 10/30/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The silly, dopey, and terrifically fun "Triumph of Love" is the latest point on Mira Sorvino's bizarre career trajectory. A sweet treatise on the power of love to transform and enlarge us, the film features gorgeous visuals, sumptuous costumes, and the
hopelessly beautiful Jay Rodan as Sorvino's love interest. The supporting cast includes the always welcome Ben Kingsley as a stoic philosopher, Fiona Shaw as his buttoned down sister, and a stunning European Villa where our story unfolds.The plot concerns the machinations of a young princess (Sorvino), who, anxious to right a family wrong, tracks down the sole survivor of the previously disposed royal family. She finds him, he looks like Rodan, and she crashes head first into love. The problem, though, is this; he has been raised to hate all women in general, and the princess in particular, by his guardians, the aforementioned Kingsley and Shaw. Naturally, then, the only thing for Sorvino to do is soften them both up by making them fall in love with her (while disguised as a boy!). That way, she gets to stay near her prince, while simultaneously wrecking her revenge on them for poisioning his heart. Of course, everything goes completely awry, feelings are hurt, hearts are broken and souls are opened up before love does indeed triumph in the end. The message here is that it does not matter so much who you love as that you open yourself up to the experience, and that even love thwarted carries the rewards of joy and inspiration. It is a beautiful message for a beautiful looking film, and Sorvino in particular simply glows with the idea of it. A well-made movie, perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon, "The Triumph of Love" is an unexpected treat and well worth seeking out."
How farce will you go?
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 12/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Triumph of Love" is a lighthearted romp, a farce, very sweetly presented in this production of Marivaux's 1732 play. Clare Peploe, wife of producer Bernardo Bertolucci, directs this zany cast through its labyrinthine plot. Mira Sorvino is enchanting as the beautiful princess going to great lengths to secure her throne and fall in love. Her maid Hermidas is intelligently played by Rachael Stirling, Diana Rigg's daughter. Ben Kingsley as Hermocrates does a great job of moving from stoic philosopher to melting schoolboy in love. Aunt Petunia -- or excuse me -- Irish actress Fiona Shaw, who may have a hard time overcoming the recognition from her Harry Potter appearances, positively shines as the uptight Leontine who falls for the romantic murmurings of Phocion, who is really the princess disguised as a man. Newcomer Jay Rodan plays Agis whose bare derriere sends the princess' heart aflutter. Completing the cast are Ignazio Oliva as Harlequin and Luis Molteni as Dimas, the two servants who are comically bribed. I didn't quite know what to make of seeing the modern day audience flash in and out of frame or the modern day curtain call at the end. It seemed a bit artsy and jarring for me. But I found the film to be quite endearing and well-performed. Enjoy!"
Excellent Fun Time
paula marie | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 11/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I thought Triumph of Love was simply one of the best DVDs I've seen in awhile. The style of the film is unique, and it has many fun twists and playful turns. The cast is outstanding. Very funny, romantic, classic."