Vatel (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Biography, Drama, Romance

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Vatel is the cook of Prince Condé. When the prince invites Louis XIV to hunt, he has to give lavish banquets in order to fall in his favor. But when Vatel falls in love with the king's mistress, love and duty come into conflict.




  • Uma Thurman in Vatel (2000)
  • Julian Sands in Vatel (2000)
  • Uma Thurman and Tim Roth in Vatel (2000)
  • Gérard Depardieu in Vatel (2000)
  • Vatel (2000)
  • Tim Roth and Timothy Spall in Vatel (2000)

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16 March 2002 | tfc
| Nice historical drama
Vatel was not a bad movie, in fact it was worth viewing. If it were not a true story you could argue it was too calm and had too little excitement for the people who seek diversion entertainment. However, since it is a true story, about a royal cook and what he had to go through just to do his art it becomes very interesting. Another good theme was the disfunctionality of the royals and how the servants interacted with these powerful people (Vatel tried not to as much as possible). I particularly liked the part where Vatel said "no thank you" so philosophically to a nobleman's perverted request that Vatel won him over as a friend through respect. If you like brinkmanship and maneuvering, this movie has it, be it subtle.

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Release Date:

10 May 2000



Country of Origin

France, UK, Belgium

Filming Locations

Château de Chantilly, France

Box Office


$36,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,032 1 January 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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