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"Set right in the middle of the internal political revolts of Louis XIV, Daniel Vigne’s biopic about French poet Jean de la Fontaine turns its eyes away from the creative process of the author of some of the most famous fables of literature and focuses on his role as a political and social resistance figure. The year is 1661, and Colbert, one of the king’s advisors, arrests Bouquet, the financial superintendant of Paris, with the purpose of concentrating all the power in the monarch. Most of the artists and intellectuals will quickly try to adapt and find a place under the new regime, betraying their now imprisoned employers and colleagues. But not La Fontaine. On the contrary, he stays true to his principles and denounces the dangers of leaving all the power of the nation in the hands of one single man. Even if that could result in him dying for his ideals." Quoting the synopsis from the 2010 Mar del Plata Film Festival site.
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