Lovespell is the legendary story of Isolt (Kate Mulgrew), Druid priestess and daughter of an Irish king, and the spell she casts on two extraordinary men: Mark (Richard Burton) King of Cornwall and Tristan (Nicholas Clay), Marks nephew and surrogate son. Richard Burton is at his best in this tale of passion, honor, and betrayal, shot entirely on location in Ireland and featuring original music by the Chieftans.
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LoveSpell is a charming and subtle film. The characters are well cast. But I don't think that the movie budget did justice to what the film makers were trying to do. Tristan shows well his emotional torture at seeing the woman he loves married to another man. Isolt is earthy and sweet. Richard Burton as the possessive King Mark is well chosen for his ability to show intensity at his desperate attempts to force Isolt to love him. Burton's portrayal of Mark is similar to his porformance as King Henry VIII in Anne of the thousand days. My favorite elements of the film are the moments of brilliant and beautiful dialogue, the music performed by the Chieftains, and of beautiful Ireland.
It is also ironic that this "lovespell" in the story is what joins them together through life and beyond death, because actually, they were in love and bound together forever before she shared the elixir with him. It is not the potion that makes him love her through no choice of his own, but his own free will that makes that a reality. Perhaps the "spell" is really just the true power of natural romantic love, chemistry between two people, attraction, and the enigma of those human feelings.