Louis, enfant roi (1993)
160 min | Biography, Drama, History

The title of this major French costume drama means "Louis, child-king", and indeed it's a fascinating fresco about the formative years of the young king Louis XIV, before he became the Sun-king at Versailles. It was a dark and violent ...See moreThe title of this major French costume drama means "Louis, child-king", and indeed it's a fascinating fresco about the formative years of the young king Louis XIV, before he became the Sun-king at Versailles. It was a dark and violent period, when the Louvre (meaning 'wolves hunt castle', hunting was a major aristocratic pastime), then still the somewhat gloomy royal palace, was the battle field of palace intrigues while the regency was held by queen-mother Anne of Austria but the actual head of the royal government was the aging cardinal Giulio Mazirini ('Mazarin'), the less-known Italian successor of Richelieu, who also introduced to the court and the kingdom a host of his countrymen from whom Louis would learn the passion for Italian culture, especially music which would flourish under the direction of Lully (but that later story is another movie, "Le Roi danse"). The elaborate script sketches the story of French power politics, too complicate and devious to summarize in any detail, but mainly from the viewpoint of the immature king under maternal guardianship, who probably didn't comprehend half of the grave troubles focusing on the strife between the official Catholic church and those claiming freedom of religion, especially for the Huguenots, but in reality mainly driven by personal and family ambitions and the grip of nobles on the kingdom at the expense of the royal power, and climaxing in a full rebellion, known as the Fronde, which forces the royal family to flee for their lives, an experience that may have decided Louis to dedicate his reign to preventing a repeat by establishing absolutism as he did. Some narration is done by Louis's younger brother Philip, the duke of Anjou, who seems smarter but as the spare heir is condemned to life in a golden cage, overshadowed by Louis while any 'disrespect' for his crowned sibling is punishable on the spot by strap lashes administered on his bare behind by a servant. Written by KGF Vissers See less
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Roger Planchon (scenario)
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Updated Apr 21, 1993

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Feb 1, 1994 (United States)

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52 cast members
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Carmen Maura
Anne d'Autriche Anne d'Autriche   See fewer
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Maxime Mansion
Louis XIV Louis XIV   See fewer
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Paolo Graziosi
Mazarin Mazarin   See fewer
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Jocelyn Quivrin
Philippe Duc d'Anjou Philippe Duc d'Anjou   See fewer
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Hervé Briaux
Gaston d'Orléans Gaston d'Orléans   See fewer
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Brigitte Catillon
Duchesse de Chevreuse Duchesse de Chevreuse   See fewer
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Irina Dalle
Grande Mademoiselle Grande Mademoiselle   See fewer
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Serge Dupire
Prince de Condé Prince de Condé   See fewer
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Isabelle Gélinas
Duchesse de Chatillon Duchesse de Chatillon   See fewer
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Michèle Laroque
Duchesse de Longueville Duchesse de Longueville   See fewer
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Aurélien Recoing
Coadjuteur de l'Archevêque de Paris, futur Cardinal de Retz Coadjuteur de l'Archevêque de Paris, futur Cardinal de Retz   See fewer
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Régis Royer
Prince de Conti Prince de Conti   See fewer
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Vanessa Wagner
Charlotte de Chevreuse Charlotte de Chevreuse   See fewer
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Maurice Barrier
Guitaud Guitaud   See fewer
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Marco Bisson
Le duc de Nemours Le duc de Nemours   See fewer
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Carlo Brandt
Duc de la Rochefoucauld Duc de la Rochefoucauld   See fewer
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Isabelle Renauld
Mme de Beauvais Mme de Beauvais   See fewer
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Jean-Pol Dubois
Abbé La Rivière Abbé La Rivière   See fewer
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Frédéric Bazin
Colbert Colbert   See fewer
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Thierry Bosc
Vicomte de Turenne Vicomte de Turenne   See fewer
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Jacques Bourgaux
Le faux Mazarin Le faux Mazarin   See fewer
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Marcel Bozonnet
Louis XIII Louis XIII   See fewer
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Frédéric Constant
Marquis de Jarze Marquis de Jarze   See fewer
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Elodie Frenck
La servante aux grands pieds La servante aux grands pieds   See fewer
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Ezio Frigerio
Tonelli Tonelli   See fewer
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Laurent Gamelon
Descouches Descouches   See fewer
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Michèle Gleizer
Mme de Noirols Mme de Noirols   See fewer
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Nathalie Krebs
Margueritte, duchesse d'Orléans Margueritte, duchesse d'Orléans   See fewer
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Pierre-Jean Larroque
Le chanteur italien Le chanteur italien   See fewer
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Lorenzo Lavia
Paolo Mancini Paolo Mancini   See fewer
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Jean Leuvrais
Novion Novion   See fewer
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Claude Lévèque
Le précepteur Le précepteur   See fewer
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Sébastien Libessart
Marquis de Villequier Marquis de Villequier   See fewer
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Jean-Pierre Malignon
Le professeur de musique Le professeur de musique   See fewer
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Michèle Pezzin
Princesse de Condé Princesse de Condé   See fewer
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Roger Planchon
Le vieux domestique Le vieux domestique   See fewer
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Nathalie Rebondo
La fille du jardinier La fille du jardinier   See fewer
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Elsa Saladin
Laura Mancini Laura Mancini   See fewer
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Gérard Simon
Le préposé aux chandelles Le préposé aux chandelles   See fewer
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Richard Sammut
Le duc de Châtillon Le duc de Châtillon   See fewer
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Frédéric Tokarz
Le duc de Mercoeur Le duc de Mercoeur   See fewer
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Yasmine Tomlinson
Une fille de Gaston d'Orléans Une fille de Gaston d'Orléans   See fewer
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Layla Tomlinson
Une fille de Gaston d'Orléans Une fille de Gaston d'Orléans   See fewer
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Max Vialle
Valot Valot   See fewer
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Françoise Deniau
Danseuse (as Françoise Deniau-Leclerc) Danseuse (as Françoise Deniau-Leclerc)   See fewer
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Marc LeClerc
Danseur (as Marc Leclerc) Danseur (as Marc Leclerc)   See fewer
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Serge Ambert
Danseur (uncredited) Danseur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Berling
Petit rôle (uncredited) Petit rôle (uncredited)   See fewer
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Anne-Marie Gardette
Danseuse (uncredited) Danseuse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nicolas N'Guyen
Danseur (uncredited) Danseur (uncredited)   See fewer
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Natalie Van Parys
Danseuse (uncredited) Danseuse (uncredited)   See fewer
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