cranky home
Reviews since 1993:   A-E     F-N      O-Z    Posters       Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do         Search the Site

Your Donations support the Site

Top Selling DVD     Books

50 Shades of Grey
Exodus Gods and Kings
Grand Budapest Hotel
Imitation Game, The
Into the Woods

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Theory of Everything
Ride Along
We're the Millers
The Great Gatsby
The Avengers
Amazing Spider-Man
Girl w/ Dragon Tattoo
Dark Knight Trilogy
World War Z
Happy Feet 2
Iton Man 3 combo
Batman Begins
Dark Knight
Fifth Element
The Hangover
Hunger Games
James Bond 11 disc coll.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Mission Impossible GP
Sherlock Holmes AGOS
Singing in the Rain
Snow White Huntsman
Star Trek Into Darkness combo
Star Wars Saga
21 Jump Street
Ultimate Matrix coll
X-Men First Class
X-Men Trilogy
X-Men Wolverine

 BLU-Ray for Family DVDs 
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
A Bug's Life
Chronicles of Narnia set
Harry Potter 1-8 collection
Iron Man 2 combo
Kung Fu Panda
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Pinocchio
Pirates of Caribbean trilogy
Pixar short films
Shrek the Whole Story
Sleeping Beauty
The Smurfs
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs
Star Trek motion pictures set
Star Trek TNG Season One
Star Wars Saga (1-6)
Toy Story combo
Toy Story 2 combo
Toy Story 3 combo
Wall-E SE


Search engine by FreeFind
Click to add search to YOUR web site!
click to search site

Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the Beast
Kung Fu Panda
The Lion King
Mary Poppins 45th LE
Princess Mononoke
Shrek the Whole Story
Simpsons Movie
Spider-Man Trilogy
Spirited Away
Star Trek movies set
Star Trek TOS (TV)
ST:TNG complete tv set
Star Wars Trilogy (1-3)
Star Wars Trilogy (4-6)
Toy Story DVD combo
Toy Story 2 DVD combo
Toy Story 3 DVD combo
Wallace and Gromit
Wall-E SE

Buy Movie collectibles
TV/Movie Collectibles

movie review query engine

NY film critics online

Privacy Policy

Click for full sized poster

Triumph of Love

Starring Mira Sorvino, Fiona Shaw, Jay Rodan, Rachael Stirling, Ignazio Oliva, Luis Molteni and Ben Kingsley
Written and Directed by Clare Peploe
Based on the play by Pierre Marivaux as adapted by Martin Crimp and staged at the Almeida Theatre Company, London

IN SHORT: one big fat farce of a romantic comedy only slightly distracting by a wee bit of artsy fartsyness.. [Rated PG-13 for some nudity and sensuality. 107 minutes]

There is in France a large estate, perhaps the size of a small (united) state like Rhode Island, made more like that island by its utter isolation and lack of population. On this great estate lives the philospoher Hermocrates (Ben Kingsley), his spinster sister Leontine (Fiona Shaw), and the rightful King of the land, totally unaware of his lineage, Agis (Jay Rodan). Living blissfully in isolation, Hermocrates basks in the isolation of his Fame for he, in this period in an Age when society has broken free of the bonds of the Church, argues that the rational mind must make do without love or passion. His philosophical papers and fame stretch wide across the land, and bring to his gates the student Aspasie, who seeks to learn at the feet of the Master. While the brother isn't watching, the stranger simultaneously seduces Leontine with words so sweet that her heart breaks upon hearing them. Of course he does. He's a she.

The true goal of the mysterious stranger, the daughter of the deceased usurper King and now Princess (Mira Sorvino) is the rightful King, Agis who, once upon a time, she saw as naked as the day he was born, as he stepped out of a pond. If the daughter of the usurper manages to make the rightful ruler fall in love with her, even as his protectors are falling in love with her (or "him"), all will be right in the Kingdom. Yes, that reads confusing as hell but trust us, it all makes sense on the big screen.

Triumph of Love is a royal farce in any capitalization of the word "royal," even more remarkable that something written in the 18th century (first staged in --1732--) stands up as well as it does in the 21st. Except for the fact that, when all is said and done, the cast breaks out into a rousing French-language number, forms an encore line and accepts the well earned adulations of the present day audience that has been watching a play all the damned time. Note to French filmmakers: it is time to let the artsy fartsy stuff go the way of illuminated manuscripts. There's a valid concept called suspension of disbelief that is engaged every time we put down money for a movie ticket. Just go with it. Don't be so damned clever.

Then again, irrationality is at the heart of Triumph of Love, so we'll let some other critic make the arguments for screwing with perceptions and suggest that those of you who favor the arthouse seek this one out. Everybody else, wait and rent.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Nine Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Triumph of Love, he would have paid . . .



amazon com link Click to buy films by Clare Peploe
Click to buy films starring Mira Sorvino
Click to buy films starring Ben Kingsley
Click Here!

The Cranky Critic website is Copyright © 1995  -  2017  by Chuck Schwartz. Articles by Paul Fischer are Copyright © 1999 - 2006 Paul Fischer. All images, unless otherwise noted, are property of,©, ®, their respective studios and are used by permission. All Rights Reserved. Not to be used or copied for any commercial purpose. Academy Award(s) and Oscar®(s) are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.