By Sophia Whitfield
Directed by Olivier Dahan Grace of Monaco has had a turbulent time making it to the screen. It has already made its mark in Cannes, not far from the famed Monaco.
Set in 1962, six years after her famed marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Hollywood icon Grace Kelly has to decide between returning to stardom and obligation to family.
Grace Kelly, played by Nicole Kidman, now known as the Princess of Monaco, is bored with her life in the tiny Principality of Monaco. Alfred Hitchcock (Roger Ashton-Griffiths) turns up to lure Grace back to Hollywood with the rich prospect of a new movie.
Meanwhile Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) is consumed by a French crisis; Monaco is at odds with the French. President Charles De Gaulle is keen to partake in a share of Monaco’s wealth by taxing its wealthy residents who enjoy the benefits of Monaco’s status as a tax haven.
With Grace left alone as her husband attempts to fight the good fight, Hitchcock’s timing could not have been better. Grace has to decide between returning to her life as a former movie star loved and adored by her fans or continuing her present duty to family and Monaco.
The scenic shots of Monaco are stunning showing the tiny principality in all its glory with white washed buildings set off by the sparkling Mediterranean. Kidman too looks beautiful with her entire face filling the screen for close up shots of ornate hair and beautiful jewellery.
However the film has been dismissed by Monaco royals as a ‘farce’ and criticism has been fierce. Perhaps we are best left with the words of Grace Kelly.
Grace of Monaco is released across Australia today.
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