Episode 1 Versailles


Episode 1

Sumptuous period drama depicting the decadent and turbulent early reign of the Sun King. Young Louis XIV seeks to stamp his authority on court and country but faces resistance.


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This programme contains some violent scenes, some strong language, and scenes of a sexual nature

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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'Are you scared?

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'Of course you are.'

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Your mother is dying,

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and the world is on fire.

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If history teaches us one thing, it is this...

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Terrible things happen to kings.

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HE SOBS

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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'You were anointed by God.

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'Blessed by the sun.

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'But you do not yet possess what really matters...

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'The power.

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'Without it, you will perish...

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'..and all of France along with you.

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'For a king without a castle...

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'..is no king at all.

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'And now you dream of paradise...

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'..but you must build it for yourself...

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'..and let all the world know...

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'..Louis the Great has arrived.'

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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I had a vision.

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A dream about a palace.

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Bring my architect - here in Versailles.

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Monsieur le Vau?

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Yes, I want to talk to him about mirrors.

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How is my queen, Bontemps?

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Everyone tells me it's going to be a boy.

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THUNDER CRACKS

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-Guard, what business here?

-An attempt on the king's life.

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By whom? The Spanish? The Dutch?

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We do not yet know. Fabien is moving to quell the threat.

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Bontemps, explain.

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Sire, you must be escorted to the guardroom immediately.

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On whose word?

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Sire, away from the window! Sire! Away!

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I do not know these men.

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I am going nowhere and my second son will be born in Versailles here.

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While I breathe, I will not show fear. I will not leave!

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Philippe? Where is he? Where is my brother?

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Bontemps! Where is my brother?

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Your Majesty, you must come with us.

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DOOR SLAMS

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God, you are good at that.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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'Monsieur? Monsieur? The king summons you!'

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-HE PANTS AND GRUNTS

-'Monsieur?'

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We heard you the first time!

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Is the baby born?

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'You are to come at once, Monsieur.'

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I'll send for a snack.

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Couldn't eat another thing.

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Have they caught the men?

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Fabien Marchal is leading the search.

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Tell me what is going on.

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Brother...

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Another plot uncovered. This time, they found four men.

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In the village, sent to kill you.

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We must all leave for Paris at once.

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This lodge is not safe.

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I decide where I go.

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I decide what to do.

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Make them go away.

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Leave us!

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You too, Montcourt.

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You had that dream again.

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You held her hand when she died.

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You could have done the same.

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They would not permit me that honour. My own mother....

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Who permits the king but the king?

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You will never understand. There is something bigger than you!

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The king has not given you leave.

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My dear Bontemps, I know that look well,

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and someone's about to get hurt.

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I'd rather it was not me.

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They mean to kill me. Let them come!

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Let them try!

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The power lies with you.

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Believe it.

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The deer in those woods follow the same tracks as their ancestors...

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..going back hundreds of years.

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It's instinct. They... They simply follow.

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Once in a while, though, one will turn...

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..but those who challenge never win, for one good reason.

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If you blindfolded me in that wood,

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turned me around a hundred times, I would find my way back.

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Not a path I do not know.

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Not a tree I have not climbed.

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This is where I hunt, and this is where we will stay.

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We're not going anywhere.

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You may leave now.

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A fine day for a walk.

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Have you lost your way, gentlemen?

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HE SPEAKS SPANISH

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Since you are clearly lost, perhaps...

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..you do not know where you are.

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FABIEN GRUNTS

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My name is Fabien Marchal.

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My work protects the king.

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Welcome to Versailles.

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THUNDER RUMBLES

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And now the taxes for Epernon.

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The harvest was poor, Monsieur Colbert.

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Secure all the coffers and load the carriages. Four men to each.

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We'll deal with it later.

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What is the meaning of this, Louvois?

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Fabien, did you get them all? Who are they?

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Four Spanish mercenaries were found plotting an ambush.

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They were prevented from doing so.

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We really are out in the wilds here.

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Defences are porous, non-existent.

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The sooner we've returned to Paris, the better.

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I do not believe the king nor his valet

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appreciate the full picture of this threat.

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In any case, it's not up to him.

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The ministers and council, we all must guide the ship.

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Do you believe the country's governed by one man?

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Bontemps? Is the king informed? What does he say of this?

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Where is he?

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He said he would be here.

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Then we must find him.

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Calmly.

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Search all the corridors, the kitchen.

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I don't care where you look, just find the king.

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You cannot find my brother?

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You cannot find the King of France?

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Protocol demands while the king is lost, you must remain in place.

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Oh, he's not lost. I can promise you that.

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WOLVES GROWL AND SNARL

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GUNSHOT

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GUNSHOT HORSE NEIGHS AND WOLVES WHIMPER

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What the hell do you think you're doing?

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You could have been killed!

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Perhaps.

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Perhaps? You surpass yourself.

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You and I have never been more alone than we are right now.

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Brother, we need to go.

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We will never get this chance again, so I want you to listen to me.

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The wolves will come back and there will be more of them.

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I am about to drag this country out of the darkness and into the light.

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We must build our own destiny, right here.

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A new France will be born, and this palace will be her mother.

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What palace?

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That one.

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Our father's hunting lodge?

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Versailles.

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Get back on the horse.

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With great change, enemies are quick to follow.

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I only need to know one thing.

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In this moment, no matter what, are you with me, Brother?

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Do you have my back?

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Where am I now?

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'The king! The king!'

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It's the king!

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DOGS BARK

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My Queen.

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This is Masson, your new doctor.

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He will attend to you and deliver the boy when it is time.

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If I may just say, Majesty, I consider this appointment

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to be the very apotheosis of honour, both to myself and to my family.

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I think he waits for you.

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When do we go home?

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-Home?

-To Paris.

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The birthing bed is to be prepared. We're not going anywhere.

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Wouldn't you agree, Doctor?

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Oh, yes, Sire, most certainly.

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I'm tired, my king.

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You're keeping us all in suspense.

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I'm so jealous that you're going to Mass without me.

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It is for the welfare of the child,

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as well as your own.

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Then let us go back to Paris. Confine me there.

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At least make them change the tapestries. You promised you would.

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I will.

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I wish you kept more promises.

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The bed is very big without you in it.

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My proud Spanish Queen.

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Sire, important matters of state.

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When the time comes, I do not want many people here.

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Why on earth not?

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I do not feel the same as I did the last time.

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All will be well.

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Fear not.

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Tea. Bring it now.

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Si, mi reina.

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-SHE GASPS

-The baby is coming!

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The baby is coming!

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-The baby is coming!

-Stop, stop, stop, stop!

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Nabo, you naughty thing. Bed.

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PRISONER SOBS AND SHIVERS

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You will have been given a name.

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Only Calderon knew.

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He said we would receive word.

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This?

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No, I've never seen that before.

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No! No! No, please!

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Por favor! Por favor!

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Only Calderon knew. Por favor! Por favor!

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No, please! Please!

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HE WHIMPERS

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Please!

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No, por favor! No! No!

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Please! No! No!

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PRISONER SCREAMS

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PRISONER GROANS AND SOBS IN PAIN

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When I return, the name.

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DOOR CLANKS

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DISTANT MUSIC

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You look frozen.

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Quite warm, thank you.

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Spring has sprung.

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Apparently so.

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How is your husband?

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Please, do not talk about him now.

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You made me marry him.

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How else was I going to keep you here?

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THEY BREATHE DEEPLY

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And about your husband, I would have you tell me everything he says

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and everything he does.

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THEY MOAN

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I thought I might have lost you forever.

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I was worried about you.

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No, you weren't.

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What are you doing?

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Packing. You're not seriously considering

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staying here another second, are you?

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They just tried to kill the king!

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If they get to him, who's next?

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Actually, now, there's an idea.

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You would have me die?

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You are so slow sometimes.

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The prince, little Louis, he's always seemed a bit sickly,

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don't you think?

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Stop it.

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My point exactly.

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Hardly anyone sees him. He's holed up in Paris,

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and everybody's constantly terrified he's going to catch a chill.

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How many children at court make it to the age of five,

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much less their majority?

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What chance does this latest one have

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of making it out of the royal merkin,

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let alone walk into his own coronation?

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There's a reason why your brother's always desperate for another boy.

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That's why everyone around here

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appears to be willing another male child into existence.

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But don't you see?

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When it all falls down, it all comes to you.

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And what would you do on that day...

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..with all that power?

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What would you be doing right now?

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Would you consign us all to linger in the swamp?

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Heavens, no!

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You would make Paris the capital of the world

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and we would dine and dance there every night.

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What kind of king goes off hunting alone and then gets lost?

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Your brother's lost all sense of himself.

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He's even lost himself.

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What a prize idiot!

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What's this, now?

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You would try to rule me?

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You shouldn't talk about my brother like that.

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Oh, you know me by now, Mignonette.

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I talk in whatever way I choose.

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Do not judge a man by his words but by his actions.

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And do not worry...

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..I will be a merciful king.

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Sire.

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It is in my humble opinion that information is power.

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That is one of 948 journals,

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gathered by our services, detailing every single member of your court.

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Their height, weight, hair and eye colour, their daily movements,

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from your valet to your cook's assistant, Madeleine Dubois.

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You, Sire, are the sun.

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And around you circulates not just our celestial court,

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but those who seek to harm you.

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You have ministers who openly defy you,

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nobles who pay no tax yet believe that France is theirs, not yours.

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Then beyond our borders,

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the Dutch, Spain, the English,

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and the Holy Roman Empire.

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All who surround you will smile

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and they will deal.

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But they would all see you destroyed, Sire.

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A strong France scares them, as well it should.

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You would wish a weak France?

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I wish for the power to protect His Majesty.

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You have sufficient resources.

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Give him what he needs.

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At your discretion, of course.

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PRIEST DELIVERS MASS

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Would they risk moving the queen again at this late stage, I wonder?

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Hmm! Perhaps we'll be lucky and they'll leave her on the roof.

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-Athenais!

-Anyway, a little bird has told me

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they've requested a birthing bed,

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so I doubt she's going anywhere, even if we are.

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Everyone's saying a boy.

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Hmm, she is carrying in the front.

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I hope it is, for her sake, not to mention the child's.

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Boys have all the fun.

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Your husband is staring at you.

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I must go down for Communion.

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I shouldn't be here. It's wrong.

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Your piety becomes you, Mademoiselle de la Valliere.

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I want you.

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I serve Your Majesty as I serve God - with all my heart.

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You are very dear to me.

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I hope with all my heart it will be a healthy child.

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No matter what, your child will be a child of France.

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Of that you can be sure.

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Oh, chapel, the most pious event of the week.

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Yes, the king and his mistress gazing down on us all.

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Honestly, I just can't stand it!

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Do they realise who we're praying to?

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I would wager Fabien Marchal prays for peace, Louvois for war,

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and Philippe, well, he prays only to me.

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All of them wondering why La Valliere is up there

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when we all know she's finished.

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I wonder what the king sees in her.

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I suppose he sees poise!

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Which is more than I can say for some.

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You're slouching.

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I need new shoes, Mother.

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No, it's not the shoes. It's the feet inside them.

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Slow down.

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Eyes up, chin down.

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You're either looking or you're being looked at.

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Walking is a skill, my dear, like dancing. Go.

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Why does the king ignore her

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when she's clearly the beauty of the court?

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The king cares not so much for beauty as character.

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It's no surprise he does not look on her.

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Ah!

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-Well, I thank you, Chevalier.

-Don't mention it.

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Now, that poor wretch is most interesting.

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Young woman, died recently of a stopping of the stomach...

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or perhaps a raising of the lights.

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Or blood-letting.

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The letting of blood through venesection

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purges the body of its ills.

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It's one of the cornerstones of medical science.

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It seems to me that doctors stand before corpses

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pronouncing the reasons of death.

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Yet I wonder if they omit the most obvious cause of all.

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And what would that be?

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Perhaps their own incompetence.

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Father!

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Strong as a mule, twice as stubborn!

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Father, please listen to me! Doesn't that also demand a question?

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If the Lord himself ministered to these children,

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would he really drain them of blood?

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Claudine, my dear girl, look, I know that you are clever and kind.

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But many people will not see you like that.

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Many people will see a woman of knowledge...

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(who speaks her mind.)

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And they would use a very different word.

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The word they would use would...

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A witch! Say it!

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I will not see you burned!

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So, we are being robbed.

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Sire?

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The tax revenues you outlined. Nantes down 7%, Limousin down 14%,

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Anjou down 21% and Epernon down 35%.

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Robbery!

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They do this because they do not fear the consequences.

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What is worse, they steal from the people of France in my name.

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A common thief in a brocade shirt.

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Sire, the expenses you requested, the royal pension.

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Sire, the taxation issue is a tedious mess,

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and I would have your royal attention

0:30:070:30:09

fixed on weightier matters.

0:30:090:30:11

This is an administrative issue that can be solved

0:30:110:30:14

once we return to Paris.

0:30:140:30:16

The archives are there...

0:30:160:30:17

Who's our excise man of Epernon?

0:30:170:30:19

Your Majesty.

0:30:220:30:23

Who interrupts our council?

0:30:230:30:25

Urgent from your wife, Monsieur Bontemps,

0:30:250:30:28

My Lady of Ile de Saint-Louis.

0:30:280:30:29

Read it.

0:30:370:30:39

I will, Sire, once our business...

0:30:390:30:41

Then I shall. Give it to me.

0:30:410:30:42

Go back to your family at once. Take a Swiss with you.

0:31:000:31:03

There are bandits on the road.

0:31:030:31:05

-Fabien.

-Sire?

0:31:150:31:17

Find our excise man of Epernon. Educate him.

0:31:170:31:21

Let me be clear.

0:31:250:31:27

The state of these finances will not pass these doors.

0:31:270:31:30

As far as the world is concerned, our cash flow is strong

0:31:300:31:33

and the royal purse secure.

0:31:330:31:35

Is that understood?

0:31:350:31:37

Has he transgressed us before?

0:31:380:31:40

For that, Sire, we'd need to consult the archives in Paris.

0:31:400:31:44

A good point, Louvois. Bring the archives here.

0:31:440:31:48

DOOR SLAMS

0:32:000:32:01

Only four women have their aunts staying -

0:32:010:32:04

Clermont, Montbeliard, Anjou and Poitiers.

0:32:040:32:06

Hmm.

0:32:060:32:08

Poitiers keeps saying she is pregnant, but she is not.

0:32:080:32:12

I must run an errand for the king.

0:32:140:32:16

Bring me my book of names from Epernon

0:32:170:32:20

and every parish that borders it.

0:32:200:32:22

It's the red one.

0:32:230:32:25

What are you looking for?

0:32:270:32:29

Looking for Monsieur Dupont.

0:32:310:32:34

Found him.

0:32:370:32:39

I will return.

0:32:420:32:44

There. Him.

0:33:350:33:38

What would you like?

0:33:420:33:43

I'd like you to get your hands off me!

0:33:430:33:45

-Hey!

-Ah!

0:33:450:33:47

But, sir...

0:33:470:33:48

SHE MOANS

0:33:540:33:57

-Dupont!

-SHE SCREAMS

0:33:590:34:01

-What...?

-After what happened to Fouquet,

0:34:010:34:03

I'd have thought you people would've learned something.

0:34:030:34:06

Remind me. As a tax collector, you can count, can't you?

0:34:060:34:10

-Hmm? Even in Epernon?

-Aah!

0:34:100:34:13

Well, for future reference, so can we.

0:34:130:34:17

HE WAILS

0:34:170:34:19

Compliments of the king.

0:34:300:34:32

Montcourt, you seem pensive.

0:34:410:34:43

The king ordered ALL the archives from Paris?

0:34:470:34:50

He's not a boy any more.

0:34:500:34:51

When kings becomes men, they get big ideas.

0:34:510:34:55

And this, I fear, is as big as they come.

0:34:550:34:59

As I mentioned to you before,

0:35:040:35:06

the envelope should be completed around the entirety

0:35:060:35:08

of the lodge.

0:35:080:35:10

Along the full length of the terrace, inside,

0:35:100:35:12

a great hall of mirrors which should be reflected in the symmetry.

0:35:120:35:16

We will need to buy in most of Venice for that for the glass.

0:35:160:35:19

Now, the gardens on this side will extend from here to here.

0:35:190:35:22

Very good, Sire. What is this large rectangle here?

0:35:220:35:25

A lake.

0:35:250:35:27

You wish to put a lake in this area?

0:35:270:35:29

The area IS the lake.

0:35:290:35:31

That is...

0:35:310:35:32

A big lake, yes.

0:35:320:35:34

Sire, a lake that size would dwarf any structure

0:35:340:35:37

that looks out upon it.

0:35:370:35:39

That depends on the structure, does it not, Monsieur le Notre?

0:35:390:35:42

But even to feed such a lake, Majesty,

0:35:420:35:45

there are not enough rivers in Versailles.

0:35:450:35:47

Bring the rivers here.

0:35:490:35:50

So, you are my gardener.

0:36:070:36:09

Your Majesty.

0:36:110:36:12

How long have you worked for me?

0:36:120:36:14

Six months, Sire.

0:36:160:36:18

And before that?

0:36:180:36:19

War.

0:36:190:36:20

What happened to your arm?

0:36:200:36:22

I left it on a field in Malines.

0:36:220:36:24

How forgetful of you.

0:36:240:36:26

What qualifies a soldier for gardening?

0:36:290:36:33

I am very skilled at digging, Sire.

0:36:330:36:35

Trenches, yes...

0:36:350:36:36

Graves.

0:36:360:36:38

Also, Sire, the planning for a garden like this

0:36:390:36:42

is not so different from the planning for war.

0:36:420:36:45

A war fought for beauty against chaos.

0:36:460:36:51

I want you to dig me a lake.

0:36:550:36:58

How big?

0:36:580:36:59

Half a league.

0:36:590:37:01

That would take me some time, Sire. I might need a hand.

0:37:020:37:06

How many men?

0:37:060:37:08

An army?

0:37:090:37:11

Good day to you.

0:37:110:37:13

Good day, Sire.

0:37:130:37:14

May the Queen enjoy a healthy childbirth.

0:37:140:37:17

May your dreams be full of wonder.

0:37:170:37:19

Dreams?

0:37:240:37:26

My mother once told me that before a man becomes a father,

0:37:260:37:29

he will relive his own childhood.

0:37:290:37:32

There are members of this court who are willing to sell

0:37:370:37:40

details of your life to the highest bidder,

0:37:400:37:43

giving no thought to the implications for your safety.

0:37:430:37:46

The Spaniards in your dungeon were confident that the money

0:37:480:37:51

they spent would grant them access to your court.

0:37:510:37:54

One of them gave me the name of Monsieur Montcourt.

0:37:540:37:57

These people you mention would report our business here to others?

0:37:570:38:02

Undoubtedly, Sire.

0:38:030:38:05

And regarding Montcourt, Sire, do you wish me to act?

0:38:050:38:09

No.

0:38:110:38:12

Sire, they came knowing there would be a friendly face.

0:38:140:38:17

They came confident that they would meet someone...

0:38:170:38:20

There will come a moment tonight

0:38:200:38:22

when our Monsieur Montcourt will wish to leave.

0:38:220:38:24

Let him do so.

0:38:240:38:26

People think us weak. Let them hear that we are strong.

0:38:280:38:33

Say it once, and all shall hear.

0:38:330:38:36

'The Greeks knew what glory was.

0:38:490:38:51

'Their buildings were temples for their gods to live in.

0:38:530:38:56

'We will build a new temple here.'

0:39:010:39:03

A royal tabernacle of the sun, a dwelling place of the divine

0:39:050:39:08

and of the people,

0:39:080:39:10

with a great hall of light that will follow the sunrise and shine out

0:39:100:39:14

to all corners of the globe so they might all see the glory of France.

0:39:140:39:19

A place of true wonder to remind us all

0:39:270:39:30

of the great and ancient past under our feet,

0:39:300:39:34

and from whose roots we all now grow.

0:39:340:39:37

As a land and as a people who know that true power

0:39:370:39:40

comes not just from our army,

0:39:400:39:43

but from the inner beauty of our immortal soul.

0:39:430:39:46

As our mother, she will cherish us, and as her children,

0:39:460:39:50

we will always know her as our home.

0:39:500:39:54

From the farthest reaches of the Earth,

0:39:540:39:56

men will venture here simply to look upon her.

0:39:560:39:59

And those that do...

0:39:590:40:00

Will never leave.

0:40:000:40:02

..will never forget.

0:40:020:40:04

Fuck me!

0:40:050:40:06

HE SNIGGERS

0:40:060:40:08

HE CLAPS

0:40:080:40:09

ALL APPLAUD

0:40:090:40:11

Whoa.

0:41:140:41:16

Father, please tell me a story...

0:41:540:41:57

about the king.

0:41:570:41:59

Which king would that be?

0:42:010:42:03

You know which one.

0:42:030:42:05

I will tell you a story of the king and his palace.

0:42:070:42:11

HE GROANS

0:42:170:42:18

Once upon a time, there was a great and glorious king

0:42:280:42:34

who lived in a beautiful palace in the middle of a forest.

0:42:340:42:40

His first valet was an honest man...

0:42:420:42:45

..and he served the king with all his heart.

0:42:460:42:50

The position came to him by his father...

0:42:500:42:53

..just as he will, one day,

0:42:560:42:59

pass it on to you.

0:42:590:43:01

I will work for the king? What will I do?

0:43:020:43:05

You will be the first man the king sees in the morning...

0:43:050:43:09

..and the last he will see before bed.

0:43:110:43:14

You will anticipate his every need

0:43:160:43:19

so he might continue on his course of greatness.

0:43:190:43:23

To see things no other man can see

0:43:290:43:32

and move towards them

0:43:320:43:34

with singular courage and purpose.

0:43:340:43:37

You will meet no other man so wise,

0:43:580:44:02

so kind...

0:44:020:44:04

Nabo.

0:44:040:44:05

..so generous.

0:44:050:44:08

You always cheer me up.

0:44:080:44:10

You will be the luckiest man in the world, my son.

0:44:160:44:19

You will be one of the few

0:44:260:44:29

to truly know his most secret mind.

0:44:290:44:33

You will live a life you can only dream of...

0:44:360:44:40

..and be part of the most important family in the history of the world.

0:44:420:44:48

Then, one day, you will tell your own son of your journey...

0:44:520:44:56

..and pass these blessings on to him.

0:44:570:45:00

Can I come and help you work?

0:45:180:45:20

A midwife would not be amiss.

0:45:220:45:24

And then, one day, I hope to be just like you.

0:45:250:45:28

A woman doctor? There's an idea.

0:45:280:45:31

Mother would be proud.

0:45:340:45:36

Come and eat!

0:45:380:45:39

Father, what good are you to the queen

0:45:410:45:43

if you collapse from starvation in the middle of the birth?

0:45:430:45:47

You need your strength. Respect your body.

0:45:470:45:50

I respect the wishes of the king and he wishes me there.

0:45:500:45:56

His power does not lie with the crown, you know?

0:45:560:45:58

It lies with the one who holds royal life in his hands.

0:45:580:46:01

That is you, Father. And the sooner you realise it, the better.

0:46:010:46:06

-If it goes wrong...

-Don't.

0:46:140:46:17

..we pack our bags and we leave immediately.

0:46:170:46:20

Stop it, Father. You're delivering a child!

0:46:200:46:22

Not just any child.

0:46:220:46:24

Sire, considering the surroundings,

0:46:300:46:32

the best course of action is to lay siege to its people.

0:46:320:46:35

If we are to emerge victorious in the Spanish Netherlands,

0:46:350:46:39

we must claim our prize with both hands - the north and the east.

0:46:390:46:42

Two fronts working together. Here and here.

0:46:420:46:45

Two fronts? We discussed the single column.

0:46:450:46:48

Sire, you being so preoccupied with other affairs of state,

0:46:480:46:52

we thought it best to...

0:46:520:46:54

To what?

0:46:550:46:56

Leave me, all of you.

0:47:000:47:02

So good of you to come.

0:47:110:47:12

A pleasure.

0:47:120:47:14

You spent 50,000 on shoes.

0:47:140:47:17

Well, you haven't seen the shoes.

0:47:180:47:21

When I asked if you had my back, I meant that you would guard it,

0:47:250:47:29

not remove it.

0:47:290:47:31

You build your palace, I wear my clothes.

0:47:320:47:34

As you always say, perception is everything.

0:47:340:47:37

Well, I tell you this - if you would only let me go to war,

0:47:380:47:41

I would have your back and more.

0:47:410:47:44

Besides, my brother, I would bring you such glory.

0:47:440:47:49

What do you know of war?

0:47:490:47:52

Exposing your flanks, very dangerous.

0:47:540:47:58

Given the terrain,

0:47:580:47:59

I'd think carefully about thinning out along the supply line.

0:47:590:48:02

Take it from me.

0:48:020:48:04

A well-timed thrust might just split you in two.

0:48:040:48:08

Look, here.

0:48:080:48:10

Stay your hand.

0:48:100:48:11

I just want to show you.

0:48:140:48:16

Put the piece back.

0:48:160:48:18

It's glaringly obvious.

0:48:180:48:20

Give it to me.

0:48:200:48:21

Come and get it.

0:48:230:48:25

Put it down.

0:48:250:48:26

Too slow, Mister.

0:48:260:48:28

Hand it over.

0:48:290:48:31

I have your back, but what do I get?

0:48:310:48:33

Respect? No.

0:48:330:48:35

Power? No.

0:48:350:48:38

You get money to throw away. Now give it to me.

0:48:380:48:40

I knew it!

0:48:400:48:42

The minute you get the chance, you belittle me again.

0:48:420:48:45

Brother.

0:48:450:48:47

The magic word, what is it?

0:48:470:48:49

Do not forget who addresses you.

0:48:490:48:52

Brother?

0:48:540:48:55

We will not ask you again.

0:48:560:48:58

You never were good at sharing.

0:49:160:49:18

There she is.

0:49:340:49:36

My beautiful wife.

0:49:390:49:40

Do you think your brother will like these flowers?

0:49:500:49:54

Bontemps asked me to apply myself to the details.

0:49:540:49:57

What do you want?

0:50:120:50:14

I think I want a son, just like my brother.

0:50:140:50:17

SHE GROANS

0:50:170:50:19

You can say what you like.

0:50:190:50:21

Don't!

0:50:210:50:24

It's not going to help you.

0:50:240:50:26

Sire, the queen is at work.

0:50:390:50:41

SHE GROANS

0:51:250:51:27

The moment is upon us, Sire.

0:51:270:51:28

So, should events overtake us,

0:51:280:51:30

when the child is born, you will ask me the sex, if you recall.

0:51:300:51:33

If it is a male child, I will answer, "I do not yet know, Sire."

0:51:330:51:38

If it is a girl child, I shall answer, "I do not know, Sire."

0:51:380:51:41

This will give you a moment to compose yourself accordingly...

0:51:410:51:44

Push!

0:51:440:51:45

..should you wish it

0:51:450:51:47

Breathe!

0:51:470:51:49

THE QUEEN BREATHES HEAVILY

0:51:490:51:50

-And breathe.

-Good!

0:51:560:51:58

THE QUEEN GRUNTS

0:51:580:52:00

Keep breathing.

0:52:000:52:02

Keep breathing.

0:52:030:52:05

(Yes, yes!)

0:52:090:52:10

Your plans for war have no merit. We cannot expose our flank.

0:52:100:52:14

(There's too many people! Too many people!)

0:52:140:52:17

Calm yourself, Majesty!

0:52:170:52:19

-THE QUEEN SHRIEKS

-Breathe, Your Majesty!

0:52:190:52:21

Encircle them all, make for the Rhine, and then north to the sea.

0:52:210:52:24

Bring me all of it.

0:52:240:52:26

-Sire, we cannot afford it.

-We cannot afford not to.

0:52:260:52:29

-He's coming!

-Push now!

0:52:290:52:30

-THE QUEEN SHRIEKS

-Breathe! Breathe!

0:52:300:52:33

Good, Your Majesty! Good!

0:52:330:52:35

Push, Majesty! Push!

0:52:350:52:36

-Keep pushing!

-Push!

0:52:360:52:38

-Don't forget to breathe!

-Yes! I see the head!

0:52:380:52:40

-Push, now!

-Push harder!

0:52:400:52:42

-Almost!

-Yes, Your Majesty!

-Yes, Your Majesty!

0:52:420:52:44

-Good.

-BABY CRIES

0:52:440:52:46

Sire, please, everyone must leave, at once!

0:52:480:52:52

Everyone must leave at once!

0:52:540:52:57

It's the king's words!

0:52:570:52:59

HE CLAPS

0:53:010:53:02

Well? What is the meaning of this?

0:53:110:53:13

Doctor, what is the sex?

0:53:160:53:17

Come, man, speak! Where is your tongue?

0:53:200:53:23

The problem is not the sex, Sire.

0:53:250:53:26

It's her...

0:53:260:53:29

colour.

0:53:290:53:31

France, 1667. Proud young Louis XIV seeks to stamp his authority on court and country but faces resistance and betrayal, even from those closest to him. Shifting the seat of power to a luxurious rural 'lodge' that he plans to enlarge only adds to his problems.