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Triumph of Love (2002)

Mira Sorvino , Ben Kingsley , Clare Peploe  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley, Rachael Stirling, Jay Rodan, Ignazio Oliva
  • Directors: Clare Peploe
  • Writers: Clare Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci, Marilyn Goldin, Marivaux
  • Producers: Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeremy Thomas, Kai May, Massimo Cortesi, Oliver Huzly
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 29, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JDTF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Triumph of Love" on IMDb

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A princess is determined to restore her homeland's throne to its rightful heir, a young prince with whom she falls in love.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Behold the power of cheese! October 29, 2002
The silly, dopey, and terrifically fun "Triumph of Love" is the latest point on Mira Sorvino's bizarre career trajectory. A sweet treatise on the power of love to transform and enlarge us, the film features gorgeous visuals, sumptuous costumes, and the
hopelessly beautiful Jay Rodan as Sorvino's love interest. The supporting cast includes the always welcome Ben Kingsley as a stoic philosopher, Fiona Shaw as his buttoned down sister, and a stunning European Villa where our story unfolds.
The plot concerns the machinations of a young princess (Sorvino), who, anxious to right a family wrong, tracks down the sole survivor of the previously disposed royal family. She finds him, he looks like Rodan, and she crashes head first into love. The problem, though, is this; he has been raised to hate all women in general, and the princess in particular, by his guardians, the aforementioned Kingsley and Shaw. Naturally, then, the only thing for Sorvino to do is soften them both up by making them fall in love with her (while disguised as a boy!). That way, she gets to stay near her prince, while simultaneously wrecking her revenge on them for poisioning his heart.
Of course, everything goes completely awry, feelings are hurt, hearts are broken and souls are opened up before love does indeed triumph in the end. The message here is that it does not matter so much who you love as that you open yourself up to the experience, and that even love thwarted carries the rewards of joy and inspiration. It is a beautiful message for a beautiful looking film, and Sorvino in particular simply glows with the idea of it.
A well-made movie, perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon, "The Triumph of Love" is an unexpected treat and well worth seeking out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered delight... October 12, 2003
I, frankly, had never heard of this movie, despite the stellar cast and director. My wife brought it home from Blockbuster, and I sat down with low expectations -- here would be yet another stiff period piece, a la Howard's End, I thought. Boy, was I wrong. This risque farce is barrels of sweet fun. I laughed harder than I have in a long time, and just fell for the sweet, sultry performance of Mira Sorvino. She lights up the screen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How farce will you go? December 12, 2002
"Triumph of Love" is a lighthearted romp, a farce, very sweetly presented in this production of Marivaux's 1732 play. Clare Peploe, wife of producer Bernardo Bertolucci, directs this zany cast through its labyrinthine plot. Mira Sorvino is enchanting as the beautiful princess going to great lengths to secure her throne and fall in love. Her maid Hermidas is intelligently played by Rachael Stirling, Diana Rigg's daughter. Ben Kingsley as Hermocrates does a great job of moving from stoic philosopher to melting schoolboy in love. Aunt Petunia -- or excuse me -- Irish actress Fiona Shaw, who may have a hard time overcoming the recognition from her Harry Potter appearances, positively shines as the uptight Leontine who falls for the romantic murmurings of Phocion, who is really the princess disguised as a man. Newcomer Jay Rodan plays Agis whose bare derriere sends the princess' heart aflutter. Completing the cast are Ignazio Oliva as Harlequin and Luis Molteni as Dimas, the two servants who are comically bribed. I didn't quite know what to make of seeing the modern day audience flash in and out of frame or the modern day curtain call at the end. It seemed a bit artsy and jarring for me. But I found the film to be quite endearing and well-performed. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Let me begin by saying this. This is not a serious work of intellectual gravity, the rights of the individual, correct social behaviour or the importance of being honest.

It is a comedy of the 18th century, beautifully and comically performed by very able actors indeed. That this made it into film is an unexpected delight for those who love this style, because there is certainly very little that's similar to this material otherwise available!

The plot should be clear enough - previous reviewers have mentioned the details. Put simply, a ravishing young princess is stricken with love at beholding a beautiful young man "as nature intended him". When she realises that this is the prince who is the rightful ruler of the region, who was dispossessed by her own father (and to make things worse, the parents of the rightful prince were, of course, murdered by this same sterling father), she is only momentarily daunted.

The prince is being brought up in isolation by a dedicated philosopher and his scientific sister. The pair are played by the excellent Sir Ben Kingsley and Fiona Shaw, who both understand the element of wicked wit, French farce, a plot full of masked identities and the marvellous sense of fantasy that French comedy of the period conveyed.

Ms Sorvino as the princess is utterly charming, exerting all her wiles as, in order to gain her heart's desire (the love of the usurped prince), she dons masculine garments, flirts with both the sister and the philosopher, and uses her eyes and her ardent eloquence to slay all hearts. It will be no surprise that all ends happily.

For something that is romantic, delightful, funny and wonderfully elegant, sit back with a glass of French champagne and a bowl of bonbons while you enjoy this charming comedy.
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Published 20 days ago by Allyb
5.0 out of 5 stars School Work
We are reading the play in French and using the movie as a supplement. Watching the movie makes understanding the play easier.
Published 23 months ago by littleauntie
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review of THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE
If you enjoy period-piece costume movies, give this puppy a try. Mira Sorvino OWNS this movie. Dressed as a man, with her female companion also dressed as a man, they break into... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Harvey Griffin
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun romp through literature.
This is the film version of a very old (1700's) play.
Deception, disguises, intrigue all in classic comedic farce style. Read more
Published on April 2, 2011 by Scot A. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to have found this.
I had seen this movie on television a long time ago and was certain I would never be able to own it. I was happy and impressed when I found it here.
Published on May 17, 2010 by K. Lambert
3.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure...
I'll be honest from the start. This isn't the greatest of films. It's got a stellar cast that all act their little hearts out, but for some reason the film is well... Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by ChibiNeko
4.0 out of 5 stars It took some searching to find who the author was?
I saw this teen musical by Disney where the music was written by someone who wasn't given any real credit for it. Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by Roger Bagula
4.0 out of 5 stars Boy crazy
I love these types of stories where people have hide there identity to get closer to the one they love. Then you're on edge of whether or not it will all work out. Read more
Published on March 9, 2010 by R. Spurrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection!
This is the most delightful period farce that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. The entire cast is flawless, with Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley, and the wonderful Fiona Shaw... Read more
Published on August 8, 2008 by Grant Hugh Alexander
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