The Advocate In medieval France, young lawyer Richard Courtois leaves Paris for the simpler life in the country. However, he is soon drawn into amorous and political intrigues. At the same time, he is pushed to defend a pig, owned by the mysterious gypsy Samira. The pig has been arrested for the murder of a young boy. When murder is the motive, seduction is the last defense.
An under-appreciated gem with lots of attention to detail
Under-appreciated, rewarding film
This film deserves to be far better known. It’s clever, fun, and a terrific balance of successful Hollywood pacing with non-traditional, non-Hollywood storytelling.
Yes, it’s a historical murder mystery. But it’s a film about excess, as is the recent Marie Antoinette, but this one is darker and more substantive. The dialogue is sharp, often funny, and vaguely unsettling.
Like all good films, several elements work together. The photography, the costuming, the soundtrack, and the characterization all underscore the script’s emphasis on indulgence. It’s really very well done.