Directed by Marc Dugain (France/Belgium, 2017, 100 min.). Digital. French with English subtitles.
Based on the book The Exchange of Princesses by Chantal Thomas, who also penned Farewell, My Queen, this sumptuous historical drama tells the true story of two young princesses who are torn from their homes and families to improve political relations between France and Spain. In 1721, the Regent of France proposes a marriage between 11-year-old Louis XV, heir to the French throne, and 4-year-old Maria Anna Victoria, daughter of the King of Spain. The Regent also offers his 12-year-old daughter as a bride for the 14-year-old heir apparent to the Spanish throne. Madrid responds enthusiastically to both proposals, and the ceremonies are promptly organized. But all does not go according to plan, and the young royals find themselves caught in a harrowing web of political intrigue.