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Royal Exchange (The)

France | Belgium, French, 100 mins

Original Title

L'échange des princesses
  • Director: Marc Dugain
  • Writer: Marc Dugain; Chantal Thomas
  • Producer: Patrick André; Genevieve Lemal

CGiii Comment

In 1721, the Regent of France, wanting to seal the peace with Spain, offers to the Spanish King, a marriage between their respective heirs: Louis XV, age 11, and Maria Anna Victoria, the 4-year-old Spanish infanta. The Regent of France also offers to marry his daughter, Mademoiselle de Montpensier, 12, to the Prince of Asturias, the 14-year-old heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Madrid responds enthusiastically to both proposals, and the ceremonies are promptly organized. The exchange of the princesses is to take place with great pomp on a small island, in the river bordering the two countries. Everything has been done to expect the best of the children, but nothing will proceed as planned.


Cast & Characters

Lambert Wilson as Philippe V;
Anamaria Vartolomei as Louise Elisabeth;
Olivier Gourmet as Philippe d'Orléans, le régent;
Catherine Mouchet as Mme de Ventadour;
Kacey Mottet Klein as Don Luis;
Igor van Dessel as Louis XV;
Juliane Lepoureau as Marie Victoire;
Patrick Descamps as Maréchal de Villeroy;
Thomas Mustin as Duc de Condé;
Gwendolyn Gourvenec as La Quadra;
Didier Sauvegrain as Cardinal de Fleury;
Vincent Londez as Saint Simon;
Jonas Wertz as Duc de Boufflers;
Ana Rodriguez as Maria Nieves;
Pedro Cabanas as Gouverneur de Don Luis

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