Triumph of Love

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Released 2002

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Director:
Clare Peploe
Released:
2002
Rating:
PG-13

Triumph of Love is a 2001 romantic comedy based on the play Le Triomphe de l'amour. The film, set in an unamed European country during the 17th century, follows a princess (Mira Sorvino) as she seeks to return her throne to the rightful heir, Agis (Jay Rodan), after her father killed and replaced the king. When she discovers his identity, the princess is smitten. However, Agis's mentor, a nihilistic philosopher named Hermocrates (Ben Kingsley), has taught himto hate the princess and kept him in seclusion. To overcome these obstacles to meeting Agis, the princess chooses to disguise herself to gain entrance to his home. She changes costumes multiple times, often dressing as a man to seduce the women in Hermocrates's household, winding her way closer to her true love. Co-written and produced by Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci, Triumph of Love is a charming farce with a timeless message about true love.

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  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    Light, thoroughly entertaining comedy;

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Triumph of Love, Marivaux's 270-year-old romantic comedy, is a beguiling trifle, a gauzy, teasing inquiry into the fungibility of emotions.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The result is an exquisite yawn that provokes consideration of how accomplished Ben Kingsley, Fiona Shaw and Mira Sorvino and others are as actors -- but how in this instance the c...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy