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The Affair of the Necklace

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature themes, big stars in French Rev. intrigue.

Movie R 2001 117 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+
This movie is highly romanticized. The real Jeanne de la Motte-Valois was more of a sly, con artist than how she is portrayed in the movie. There's a topless scene and some violence. I think anyone who likes the time period will like all the colors and backgrounds used here.

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Too much violence
Too much sex

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Centered more on intrigue and tabloid-grade duplicity than politics, The Affair of the Necklace has a slightly soap-operatic script. This makes it a case of Jeanne's righteous revenge snowballing into a scandal that doomed the French aristocracy -- which is probably overstating the truth a bit. Many books have dissected why the French Revolution happened, but the message here is that Marie Antoinette's apathy toward Jeanne (and, by extension, the rest of the citizenry) while the royals enjoyed fun, games, and wealth at Versailles, brought the wrath of the masses and a sentence of the guillotine.

Movies oversimplifying mighty historical events are nothing new, and the portrayal of idle decadence and spiritual charlatans (the Cardinal for starters) atop the 18th-century European social ladder is done well here.

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