Cast & Crew
Late 17th century France. Madame de Maintenon, wife of Louis XIV, has founded Saint-Cyr, a boarding school outside of Paris for the daughters of destitute nobility. Girls of all ages are brought here to acquire the language and manners befitting their rank. For Madame de Maintenon, what begins as an amusing form of cultural charity will, over the years, become a source of nightmarish anxiety and religious fanaticism. When the blooming young women present the court with a play by Racine, Saint-Cyr is brought to the attention of the king's entourage of rapacious young men in need of 'fresh blood'. The ensuing wave of wedding proposals only serves to exacerbate the growing sensual tension of adolescence that is wreaking havok in Saint-Cyr. As a result, Madame de Maintenon turns to father Godet des Marais, an uncompromising Lazarist priest, who shrouds Saint-Cyr in a cloak of disciplinarian asceticism. But will it ultimately bring Madame de Maintenon and her girls salvation or damnation?
Jeanne Le Bigot
Winner of the 2000 Cesar Award for Best Costumes.
Winner of the 2000 Prix Jean Vigo in France.
Winner of the Youth Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.
Released in United States July 2000
Released in United States January 2001
Released in United States March 2001
Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.
Shown at Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival January 11-22, 2001.
Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.)
Released in United States March 2001 (Shown in New York City (Walter Reade) as part of program "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Today" March 9-18, 2001.)
Released in United States January 2001 (Shown at Nortel Networks Palm Springs International Film Festival January 11-22, 2001.)