The dependably compelling
By contrast, her interactions with André Le Nôtre, the king's master landscape architect, are frisson-free, although the colleagues are meant to be falling in love. Evincing less personality than Sabine's plants, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts appears ready for his romance-novel close-up but brings a blank discomfort to his portrayal of the historical figure.
The story comes to life only fitfully, even with — or perhaps because of — its court intrigue and supporting characters both hissable (Helen McCrory as André's wife) and flamboyant (
"A Little Chaos."
MPAA rating: R for sexuality, brief nudity.
Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes.