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One Nation, One King

5.82 h 1 min201815
Paris, 1789. The Bastille has been stormed and a breath of liberty blows through the streets of Paris.
Pierre Schoeller
Céline SalletteGaspard UllielNoémie Lvovsky
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Adèle HaenelOlivier GourmetIzïa HigelinDenis LavantJulia ArtamonovLaurent LafitteJohan LibéreauLouis GarrelAndrzej Chyra
Denis Freyd
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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Ronnie MaxwellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 September 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting for history buffs but not gripping enough for your average viewer.
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If interested in history this is a film well worth seeing. If not, I don't think this film has much to offer to the average viewer as it slow, ponderous and at times it does not flow too well. The trouble is that it is trying to cover an a highly volatile period of French history, that at the very least would have been a better subject for a TV mini-series.
By trying to tell the story-line of three different sections of French Society at that time, the ordinary men & women on the streets of Paris, the House of Deputies that morphed eventually into the Robespierre dominated French Convention and then the King himself, with a strange absence of the French nobility(who didn't seem to feature at all - maybe they had fled or were all imprisoned?), there is too much crammed into the film to be able to succeed . The director & scriptwriters do their best to tell the story from the view of the ordinary men & women in the streets of Paris and probably it is this part of the story-line that most film viewers would enjoy the most but as with an earlier reviewer, I found the most interesting part of the film were the speeches given in the House of Deputies & French Convention, enabling one to understand how the Revolution evolved and in the end how the vote was taken to Execute their King, even though (unlike the much later executed Russian Czar) he had committed no crimes himself but that he had in the end to pay the price for what was done in his name and for what his name represented.
Although the film touched on it, I think there were many of the educated class in France, including the Royal Family themselves who would have been happy with the idea of a Constitutional Monarchy (similar to the evolving British model), but in being terrified by the potential tyranny of the mob, I think the turning point was when it was announced that the the voting call of all the Deputies would be published, that decision effectively sealed the vote going in favour of the King's death sentence (even though over 300 still voted to spare his life). Had that decision not been made, the king's life might have been spared... for then..... but in the tyranny that took over at a later date but not touched on in the film, who knows if he would still have survived?
I enjoyed the film but not enough to give it 5*. Nevertheless it has wetted my appetite to perhaps try and view any other French produced, opposed to lightweight Hollywood productions such as the 2006 Marie Antoinette film (also available on Amazon Prime), movies of that dramatic period in French history.. .
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andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 May 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Revolution explained?
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Without doubt, one of the most important if not THE most important significant and fascinating political episodes in the history of France, added to which this a film that shows these events and has big a cast that includes some of my favourite actors and actresses – Adèle Haenel, Andrzej Chyra (Katyn, Carte Blanche), Céline Sallette, Denis Lavant, Gaspard Ulliel, Izïa Higelin, Laurent Lafitte, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Louis Garrel, Noémie Lvovsky, and Olivier Gourmet amongst others, made this a film that I was very keen to watch.

I knew relatively little about the French Revolution and the fate of the monarchy. I knew what ultimately happened to Louis XVI but knew nothing of the specific events that culminated in the massive political change that occurred. So I sat down to watch those favourite actors and watched the film with an open mind as to what might happen. Within the first minutes of the film it looked like I would, by the end of the film have a better understanding of what had occurred in France at the end of the Eighteenth-Century – but how wrong I was to assume that.

To get round the difficulties of showing late Eighteenth-Century Paris much of what is shown is either shot indoors or in the countryside or are small close-up exterior locations. The film does show though, what were the political developments at the time, but unless one is au fait with this history, then there is little by way of a helpful narrative to enlighten. Things would happen, petitions would be presented for example, but I would not understand what the protocol was as to why they were being presented. Things were debated in a political chamber (sort of House of Commons style), but with the working class of Paris present – buy again no real understanding of why or of what was going on.

Given what little I knew about the events that are portrayed in the film, sadly by the end of the film I didn't have that much more of an understanding of any of the events. (The synopsis as given on the DVD case is mentioned in this paragraph). The film has a love story, but in itself it is not that remarkable a love story. So for all the excellent actors and actresses in the cast and for just how potentially fascinating the Revolutionary events are that are depicted, but given how they were shown in a not particularly educative way, and given that the love story was nothing special – well the film ended up being a little disappointing.

On the DVD (ASIN: B07KRP9MQB) you get:

“One Nation One King” (1 hour 57 minutes)
Scene Selection
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2.0 stereo, 5.1 Dolby
Optional English Subtitles
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Jon lanģleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Pretty good on many levels, as the French king anxiously awaits his fate. He does have parliamentarian support among those who consider regicide unthinking.. Lois even tries to escape at one point. Well worth a watch even though we all know how it ends.
PaulReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
One for the stage
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The trailer gives the impression of a blockbusting epic. In actual fact it more like something that could be seen on the stage with a small cast. And rather than action scenes it is more centered on the politics of the revolution. So if you're a history nut or you want some insights this is your thing. Just do expect Les Mis
Robert Mark HuttonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
French Revolution
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Interesting film mostly about the French Revolution speeches by lesser known figures for and against a constitutional Monarch and the death sentance being passed on the King.
A good film if interested in that period of European history
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Bledd's Missus Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 April 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a watch
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Great to see a version of a major historical event without any Hollywood intervention. Poetic, dramatic and beautifully photographed.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Magnifique! It made me cry numerous times!
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As an Iranian fighting for freedom, I couldn't help finding the similarities, between that epoch and ours. And how beautifully presented! Je le recommande, définitivement! ;)
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DungroydReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A totally brilliant film. The characters are believable and the sets and acting superb. It is in French with subtitles but this adds to the atmosphere.
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