Crazy film. Kinda a lot to take in at once. Takes a little while to get rolling but once the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre starts...oh man. Blood, sex, political intrigue, double crossing, poisoning, royal families that hate each other, beautiful costumes, bombastic score, extravagant production design, eye-popping photography...this film had exactly what I was hoping and it delivered. A bit more on the campy, soap opera side than I was expecting but still very intriguing.
Also the cast kicks ass. Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Virna Lisi, Asia Argento, Jean-Claude Brialy, the Ethan Hawke looking dude who’s in a bunch of Rohmer films, and a heap of others who brought their A-games. I especially liked Adjani as the title character, and how her character develops into a way more compassionate person as the film goes on. I can definitely see myself returning to this in the future, great stuff here.