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249 Ratings

Grace of Monaco

Directed by Olivier Dahan
France, United States, 2014
Biography, Drama

Synopsis

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly’s crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

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Grace of Monaco Directed by Olivier Dahan

Awards & Festivals

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2016 | Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

The acting is so heightened, and the script so thoroughly awful, that Dahan’s idea – his big and seemingly only one – can’t begin to stick. As the film ends, there’s just enough time for another couple of cue-cards from Jacobi (‘sincerity’, ‘regret’), followed by an ominous intertitle, printed in solemn white-on-black. “Grace Kelly never acted again,” it reads. As for this lot, we’ll see.
May 26, 2015
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Grace of Monaco is nothing if not emotional. The screen is often flooded with primary colours, and while this never announces itself as an anti-realist effect, the lighting is carefully cued to fluctuations in Grace Kelly’s emotional state. Though there is an echo here of such noted melodramatists as Sirk and Minnelli, Dahan’s mise en scène more obviously evokes Max Ophuls in its expressive economy.
December 12, 2014
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It’s been a while since we saw any sort of real performance from Kidman, whose features seem to have been embalmed in an eerily immobile L’Oréal-ad placidity. Kidman’s Grace is a combination of debutante breathiness and a wide-eyed ingenue gaze, as if she’s constantly walking in on a palace orgy just out of shot. It doesn’t help that the camera has a bizarre penchant for shooting her face in extreme close-up, like a space probe searching for signs of life on a desolate planet.
May 17, 2014
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