Eager to avoid the stately boredom of most period dramas, director Bertrand Tavernier gallops through this lavish adaptation of a classic 16th-century French novel at full tilt.
Mud-and-blood spattered battles crash up against intrigue-packed love scenes as Mélanie Thierry’s spirited teen aristocrat is torn from her childhood love and married off, sparking violent rivalries.
Lambert Wilson is luminously good as a slaughter-sickened warrior, and nicely lucid in the disc’s single extra: a meaty, massively informative Making Of.
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