[[caption-width-right:347:It was the king's favorite dress.]]
''La Reine Margot'' is a [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of [[Literature/LaReineMargot the novel of the same name]] by Creator/AlexandreDumas, père. Released in 1994, the film stars Isabelle Adjani as Margot, Vincent Perez as her lover La Môle, and Daniel Auteuil as Henri de Bourbon, the king of Navarre. Originally clocking in at roughly 160 minutes, the film was cut by twenty or so minutes [[ImportationExpansion for its international release]] because of disappointing performance at the box-office in France and criticism that the film was too violent and incoherent. In addition to cuts, changes included a scene of Margot and La Môle wrapped in a red cloth for the American release.
France, 1572. Unrest between Catholics and Protestants is coming to a head. In an effort to restore some semblance of peace, the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen dowager queen Catherine]], the real power behind King Charles IX, [[ArrangedMarriage arranges a marriage]] between her daughter, Marguerite de Valois, and the Protestant Henri de Bourbon, King of Navarre. People gather from all over the country to attend the wedding, including several thousand Protestants. One of them being a young man by the name of La Môle who has business with Admiral de Coligny, [[ParentalSubstitute the king's current favorite]].
Naturally, no mere marriage can solve the larger political problems in France, from [[ChristianityIsCatholic religious disagreements]] to a potential [[WarIsHell war with Spain]] that Coligny is pushing for, and what's more, Catherine knows that her days in power might be over. The only way to resolve all these issues, so she believes, is to start picking off Protestant leaders.
Until the king says to [[KillEmAll kill them all]].
!!''La Reine Margot'' (1994) includes examples of:
* AbsoluteCleavage: After her wedding, Margot wears a blue gown that laces in the front. Or at least, it's supposed to lace in the front.
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Margot pets her brothers' hair when they are upset about her wedding night.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Alençon, who is referred to as "le petit" (translated as "the kid" in the American release) by his older brother Charles.
* AnywhereButTheirLips: Margot refuses to let La Môle kiss her on the mouth their first time together.
* ArrangedMarriage: Margot and Henri de Bourbon.
* AttemptedRape: Margot's brothers all gang up on her at a public gathering and pull up her dress. Very likely if allowed to go that far, they would have raped her.
* BiTheWay: Anjou gives another man a full kiss on the mouth [[spoiler: when he returns home to take the throne]].
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Valois family, including their Bourbon and Guise cousins and other families they've married into.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Margot escapes her family to the safety of Navarre, but her lover is dead.]]
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: Right in the poster. Visually invokes BloodSplatteredWeddingDress, but the gown in question isn't Margot's wedding dress.
** Earlier in the movie there is a less iconic image of Margot soaked in La Môle's blood when he stumbles into her chamber during the massacre.
* ChekhovsGun: A certain treatise on hunting.
* TheCityNarrows: Margot goes to what looks like a less than great part of Paris to find someone to have sex with.
* ConvertingForLove: Averted. It's more "converting so my wife's family won't kill me."
* CountryMouse: Henri in the Valois court, not least for being a Protestant among Catholics.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Sweating all your blood out must be an excruciating way to die.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The French court.
* DeathByAdaptation: In real life, [[spoiler:Charlotte de Sauve lived to be 66.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Coconnas and La Môle need to fight twice before they achieve friendship
* DominoMask: Margot wears one when she goes out looking for a man to have sex with.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Anjou is the most immoral of all Catherine's children, but he is her favorite. And he loves her more than any of the others can claim to.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Anjou and Alençon are only referred to by their titles. [[note]]In real life, their names were Alexandre Édouard (later Henri III) and Hercule François.[[/note]]
* EvilMatriarch: Catherine has more than a little of this to her. Certainly Charles wouldn't be surprised if she tried to kill him so Anjou could rule, but she denies this vehemently.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: When Alençon sets a trap for Henri [[spoiler: the poisoned book is picked up by Charles instead. Alençon has two choices. He can save his brother and both doom himself (because Henri is Charles' current favorite) and implicate his mother, or he can let Charles keep reading and die from it while saving his own neck.]]
* FairyTaleWeddingDress: Especially next to her husband's austere black, Margot's wedding dress is very elaborate and extravagant.
* FemmeFatale: Margot herself as well as Charlotte de Sauve
* FieryRedhead: Henriette de Nevers.
* FingerLickingPoison: A poisoned book is used in attempt on Henri de Navarre's life, but the plan backfires with disastrous results.
* GildedCage: Henri and Margot are put under house arrest in the Louvre after Margot's public outburst following Henri's conversion to Catholicism.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Catherine
* GorgeousPeriodDress: The dresses are almost CostumePorn.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Pretty much everyone.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In real life, Catherine and Anjou were considered "Politiques" who put the well-being of France ahead of the Catholic-Huguenot divide. Because of that they were despised by the Pope, the duc de Guise and his family, and the King of Spain for being too tolerant of the Huguenots.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Catherine arranges to have Henri poisoned so he will no longer threaten Charles. Charles ends up getting poisoned instead.]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Margot talks Henri out of this in order to save him from her family.
* HotterAndSexier: Partly to be expected simply because the novel was written in 1845, but the movie is much more overtly sexual than the novel.
* HuntingAccident: Charles IX would have died in such an accident, if it wasn't for [[spoiler:Henri de Navarre]].
* ImportationExpansion: That shot of Margot and La Môle on the American DVD? That whole scene was made up for the American release to strengthen the love story.
* IncestSubtext: Between Margot and her brothers, particularly Anjou.
* KillEmAll: The St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre.
* KingBobTheNth: King Charles IX. [[spoiler: King Henri III.]]
* KingOnHisDeathbed: [[spoiler: Charles spends the last twenty or so minutes of the movie sweating blood as a result of arsenic poisoning. He does make it back to his bed for one last private conversation with his sister.]]
* KissOfDeath: The even more devious plan to poison [[spoiler:Henri de Bourbon]] via his paramour's lipstick is employed but thwarted by Margot appearing and saving him at the last minute.
* LovePotion: Charlotte de Sauvre receives rouge that contains a powerful aphrodisiac. [[spoiler: It's actually poison meant for Henri, but it only kills her.]]
* ManInWhite: Charles' last appearance in the throne room [[spoiler: just before his death]]. Margot is also wearing white in this scene to greet him.
* MasterPoisoner: Réné the Florentine is rumored to be this as well as Catherine's perfumer. [[spoiler: Turns out, it's true.]]
* MoralityPet: Margot believes herself to be this to her brothers, but as Henri warns her this proves to be untrue.
* MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler: Charles just looks kind of weak and sick... and then he starts sweating blood. From everywhere.]]
* MurderByMistake: Henri was supposed to die. [[spoiler: Charles died instead.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: Accidental. [[spoiler: Charles is poisoned by a trap intended for Henri]]
* OneSteveLimit: Probably why Anjou and the duc de Guise are referred to by their titles. (Both were named Henri).
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Margot is only ever called Marguerite during her wedding ceremony.
* OpenSecret: Quite a few, not all of them about relationships.
** Margot's relationship with the Duc de Guise.
** Henri's relationship with the Baroness Charlotte de Sauvre.
** Queen Catherine had Henri's mother poisoned.
* ParentalSubstitute: Charles claims Coligny is like a father to him.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Margot and Henri's marriage.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege: Margot begs Charles for La Môle's life. [[spoiler: It goes badly.]]
* PowderKegCrowd: After Coligny's assassination gets botched.
* PuppetKing: Charles was this until recently, while his mother wielded the true power in France. He credits Coligny with freeing him from Catherine's control, though of course Coligny is just using him, too.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Margot, as played by Isabelle Adjani. Paler than anyone else in the film with very dark hair, Margot is widely considered a beautiful but poisonous woman, enchanting men with her looks even when they know better than to get involved.
* ReallyGetsAround: Margot is implied to be this. As are her brothers.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Margot delivers one to her family after the massacre, telling them that they're all damned and they've damned her as well by using her wedding as Protestant bait.
* RoyalBlood: Why Henri de Bourbon is so dangerous to Queen Catherine.
* RoyalBrat: King Charles IX, who is ''extremely'' fickle on top of being childish, a crybaby, and generally insufferable.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Catherine actually works hard to run France. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen How well she does is debatable.]]
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler:Coconnas and La Môle]] took the fall for [[spoiler:Queen Catherine]].
* ScyllaAndCharybdis: Henri must convert or be killed. Either way, he's going to disappoint his followers, but, as Margot points out, at least if he converts, he'll be alive.
* SecretRelationship: Margot's romance with La Môle. At first.
** [[spoiler: Charles' relationship with Marie takes the cake as he actually does keep it from everyone, and has for at least a year judging from the age of their child.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Charles and Anjou, as illustrated by the one sobbing and the other coldly planning before the massacre.
* SexlessMarriage: Margot flat-out tells Henri not to come to her bed after their wedding because she refuses to sleep with him. [[spoiler: Subverted later when she gives him PitySex.]]
* SkipToTheEnd: When Margot refuses to say "I do," King Charles gets up and pushes her over so her bowed form can be taken as a sign of agreement.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: On the gritty side of the scale.
* SpareToTheThrone: Anjou and Alençon.
* SuccessionCrisis: What drives a lot of Catherine's actions. Because were something to happen to her sons, they have no children to ensure Henri de Bourbon doesn't get the crown of France.
* TangledFamilyTree: Oh God is it ever:
** The Valois siblings and Henri are second cousins. [[note]]Their paternal grandfather (François I de France) and Henri's maternal grandmother (Marguerite de Angoulême) were brother and sister.[[/note]]
** The Valois siblings and Guise are second cousins as well. [[note]]Their paternal grandmother (Claude de France) and Guise's maternal grandmother (Renee de France) were sisters.[[/note]]
** Henri and Guise are first cousins once removed. [[note]]Henri's paternal great-grandfather (François de Bourbon) and Guise's paternal grandmother (Antoinette de Bourbon) were brother and sister. [[/note]]
** The Valois siblings' paternal grandparents were (the aforementioned François I and Claude) were ''also'' second cousins.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Henri and Margot
* TheUnfavorite: Margot, as emphasized by Catherine saying she loves all three of her children, and then correcting herself to say she has four.
* VillainousIncest: The titular Marguerite de Valois having sex with her brothers and their brother Anjou being in love with their mother, Catherine de' Medici. The whole incestuous lot is pretty villainous with atrocities, backstabbing, and poisonings under their belt, though a couple of them are more ambiguous including Margot herself.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Gender flip with the parent as Charles is looking for his mother's approval and feels he is constantly denied it.
* WomanInBlack: Queen Catherine, because she is a widow, wears quite a lot of black. Given how formidable and scary she can be, the color suits her well.
* WomanInWhite: In the last scenes of the movie, Margot appears in a pure white gown, which is stained with gore as the last horrors unfold.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Margot has moments of this, such as when she talks Coconnas out of killing La Môle.
* YouKilledMyFather: Henri thinks that Catherine killed his mother, Jeanne d'Albret and (though it's not mentioned) the real duc de Guise believed that Coligny killed his father, François de Lorraine.