Netflix’s most recent acquisition is the French period drama helmed by Emmanuel Mouret, Mademoiselle de Joncquières. The critically acclaimed drama world-premiered at the Toronto film festival. According to Variety, the deal which includes worldwide rights for distribution, excludes France, Switzerland, Canada, and the Benelux countries.
Mouret, who also penned the script, crafted the film as a melange of scheming, seduction, and revenge set in 18th-century France. The film is freely adapted from Denis Diderot’s Jacques le Fataliste that also inspired Robert Bresson’s Les dames du bois de Boulogne.
Mademoiselle de Joncquières stars Cecile de France (The Young Pope), Edouard Baer and Alice Isaaz.De France plays Madame de la Pommeraye, a young widow who falls in love with the Marquis des Arcis (Baer) against her better judgment. Feeling betrayed by his fading love, she orchestrates an intricate plan for revenge, which involves Mademoiselle de Joncquières.
The streaming service’s other acquisitions include Lionheart, which also world-premiered at Toronto.