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Film / The Count of Monte Cristo (2024)

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"It isn't vengeance. It's justice."

The Count of Monte Cristo (French: Le Comte de Monte Cristo) is a 2024 French historical thriller film directed and written by Alexandre de La Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte. It is based on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. It is the second big budget Dumas adaptation to be written by de La Patellière and Delaporte and produced by Dimitri Rassam after 2023's The Three Musketeers. It is also the first French theatrical film adaptation of the novel since 1968 (there's been one on television in the meantime).

In the early 19th century amidst the Restoration era, Edmond Dantès (Pierre Niney) is a young French sailor who came to Marseille to marry his beloved Catalan fiancée Mercedes. He gets betrayed by people he thought were close friends as they denounce him as an agent of Napoléon Bonaparte and gets locked up in the sea fortress called the Château d'If. After 14 years, Dantès manages to escape, finds a hidden treasure on the isle of Monte Cristo, and comes back to France, ready to enact his revenge upon those who ruined his life. To do so, he adopts a new identity, calling himself the Count of Monte Cristo.

The film is due to release on June 28, 2024.

Previews: Trailer.

This film provides examples of:

  • Actionized Adaptation: The trailer features several scenes of Edmond/the Count fighting while there's no such thing in the novel, much like the 2002 film had.
  • Badass Longcoat: In the trailer, Edmond/the Count wears a black longcoat while fighting other men, shooting with his gun and saying "From now on, I reward, and I punish".
  • Big "NO!": Mercedes shouts a big "NO!" in the trailer.
  • Clear My Name: In the trailer, while being dragged into prison, Dantès shouts that he is innocent.
  • The Grand Hunt: People on horses accompanying a pack of hunting dogs can be seen in the trailer.
  • Latex Perfection: A realistic mask to impersonate someone is seen on a table in the trailer.
  • Revenge Is Not Justice: Edmond defies this in the trailer by saying that his revenge is justice.
  • Shout-Out: The teaser poster (picture) invokes the romantic era painting Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich.
  • Who Are You?: Edmond/the Count is asked who he is in the trailer, to which he answers "I am the Count of Monte Cristo".