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In 17th-century Amsterdam, an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) an unhappy ''arrangement'' that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant's ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip-bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make them a fortune and buy their freedom.
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Listen, I understand Tulip Fever has a 10% Rotten Tomatoes score and was shelved for many years. However I am such a sucker for historical dramas that I loved this film. Based on the wonderful novel by author Deborah Moggach, Tulip Fever tells the tale of a sultry love affair between a painter and a beautiful, young married woman at the height of tulip mania in 17th-century Amsterdam.
The film has a more whimsical pace than the trailer portrays and the affair between Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan is spotty and dull. The films subplots make it fun, specifically the Tulip trades and Dr. Sorgh helping along the pregnancy scam with Maria and Sophie. Tom Hollanders is the films MVP’s. Dane DeHaan was pleasing to the eyes. Criminally underused and givin’ me some of that 90’s DiCaprio sex appeal. Swoon!
Thank you Justin Chadwick
It tells the fascinating story of the rise of the tulip bulb craze in Holland, which was like the Gold Rush in the Western US or the discovery of Oil in Texas. Fortunes were created overnight. Traders betting on bulbs were passionate fanatics riding an unpredictable bull market.
There are also 2 love story subplots enacted by an attractive cast. If you find European history, genetics, gardening, business, and romance motivating, you might like this movie too.