November 01, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Triumph of Love

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
107 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/17/02
performer
Fiona Shaw, Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley
director
Clare Peploe
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
Clare Peploe
genre
Comedy
We gave it a D

Or, misery of bad casting. In a charmless adaptation of Pierre Marivaux’s 18th-century romantic farce, Sorvino plays a princess who disguises herself as a man so she can win over her sworn enemy, a young prince (Jay Rodan). To do so, she must bypass his guardians, a cold philosopher (Kingsley) and his buttoned-up sister (Fiona Shaw). Sorvino ends up seducing the lot of them, but the question is how? Her stiff performance weighs down what should have been a light-hearted affair.

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