Sa majesté Minor
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|Sa majesté Minor|
|Directed by||Jean-Jacques Annaud|
|Produced by||Jean-Jacques Annaud
|Written by||Jean-Jacques Annaud
|Music by||Javier Navarrete|
|Edited by||Noëlle Boisson|
|Distributed by||Mars Distribution
Studio Canal (France)
|October 10, 2007 (France)
December 12, 2008 (Spain)
Sa majesté Minor (English title: His Majesty Minor) is a French-Spanish feature film by French director Jean-Jacques Annaud. It is his third film shot entirely in his native language of French since his 1976 Oscar-winning début Black and White in Color and 1978 Coup de tête featuring Patrick Dewaere. It is a mythical comedy taking place on an island in the Aegean Sea before the founding of Ancient Greece.
Despite its originality, the movie was poorly received, both by critics and the audience.
Minor (Garcia) was abandoned by his parents as a child and was raised by a pack of pigs; he speaks in porcine grunts and lives and loves much like his fellow hogs. Minor is just human enough to have his head turned by Clytia (Bernier), a beautiful girl living in the nearby village. However, if Minor's lack of social skills weren't enough to keep Clytia away, she's already been pledged to wed handsome and charming Karkos (Peris-Mencheta). When Minor runs afoul of the tribal leadership, he's removed from his home with the pigs and forced to live in an enchanted forest, where he attracts the not entirely welcome attentions of Pan (Cassel), a randy half-man and half-goat willing to couple with anything that breathes. When Minor emerges from the forest able to speak with newfound eloquence, the tribal leaders name him their new potentate, and Clytia suddenly finds him a great deal more appealing, which doesn't sit well with Karkos.
- Thomas Baurez, « Jean-Jacques Annaud : Sur le gril », dans Studio, n°239 (octobre 2007), p. 68-72
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