From stage queen to fairytale princess Grace Kelly’s biopic Grace Of Monaco will be opening this years prestigious Cannes film festival and in the new UK trailer her life unravels as life for Royalty can be difficult.
Nicole Kidman plays the titular role set in 1962 6 years after her celebrated wedding we meet the sad princess vowing to be back making films once again. But she has to step into the political minefield to intervene in a political dispute between her husband Prince Rainer III (Tim Roth)and French president Charles De Gaulle to prevent France invading Monaco.
When we last saw footage for Grace Of Monaco we where set to watch this last November so if anything we should be talking about the film’s upcoming Home release. Reasons? It seems director Oliver Dahan is one of the long line of filmmakers in dispute with Harvey Weinstein over the actual cut of the film. Thankfully for us hear in the UK it’s Warner Bros Pictures who are dealing with it but what version will we see and what version will American cinephiles see when it eventually comes out?
From the new trailer seems to concentrate on the difficult hurdles that plagued Grace Kelly’s life rather than the political troubles that threatened her new homeland. There seems to be a Great Gatsby feel to the film however there is also a Diana vibe to it as well which is not good news however with the movie opening Cannes there might still be some hope for the Grace Of Monaco or has Dahan delivered an extended glamerous ad for one of those golden wrapped sweets or designer perfume?
We can decide for ourselves when the film gets a 6th June UK release with American release still to be decided after it was pulled, expect that date to be sorted more likely after it’s screened in Cannes. Grace Of Monaco co-stars Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi and Milo Ventimiglia.
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century, GRACE OF MONACO is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of the twentieth century’s most iconic Princess – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.
While contemplating overtures from Alfred Hitchcock to return to her career in Hollywood, Grace found herself plunged into a personal crisis when Rainier’s modernization of an ailing Monaco was halted by Charles de Gaulle – the French President – and his attempts to not only impose French taxation on Monaco, but reclaim the principality for France by force.
The full-blown international crisis and impending French invasion that loomed – would pose a crisis not just for her family, her marriage and her country, but in Grace’s private life. It would become the moment in which a cinematic icon, an American far from home, would have to face a tough decision – return to her celebrated status as a movie star, globally loved and adored, or accept that she will never act again, embrace her new role and her new identity, her duty to her husband, her children, and the world’s second smallest country that has now become her home.
Grace of Monaco is a real-life fairytale, a sweeping romance, a portrait of the cinematic legend of Princess Grace and a realization that love is much more than a passion, but an obligation.
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