The Affair of the Necklace

Release Date 2001
Hilary Swank as Jeanne St. Remy de Valois
Directed by Charles Shyer
Written by John Sweet
Cast Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Adrien Brody
Genre Drama
MPAA Rating R for some sexuality.
Available at Region 1, Region 2, NTSC

Paris, 1786: a woman in court. The Crown murdered her father for his views about the poor, now Jeanne wants her home and good name back. She believes all can be set right if she can talk to the Queen, whose House Minister rebuffs her. With the help of a courtside gigolo, she learns to use what others desire to get what she wants.

She needs a patron: with forged letters, she convinces Cardinal de Rohan she is the Queen’s confidante and can help him regain royal favor. Jeanne conspires to have the Cardinal purchase a fabulous diamond necklace for the Queen. He delivers it to Jeanne for Marie Antoinette. If the scheme breaks down, what then? Might this affair spark revolution?

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Trivia & Facts
• Marie-Antoinette is shown with a Chinese Crested, a breed of dog which did not exist at the time the film is set. In reality, Marie-Antoinette had a treasured Papillon dog, not referred to in the film.
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