the final years of his legendary life the former emperor of
France, Napoleon Bonaparte, was a prisoner of the British
on the windswept and isolated South Atlantic island of St
20 years of warfare he had been finally overthrown at the
battle of Waterloo and now sat on an island that measured
only 122 square kilometres (47 square miles) - almost 2000
kilometres west of Africa.
St Helena Napoleon Bonaparte maintained a small court of followers
- most of them loyal - and was under the ever-watchful eye
of the island's governor, Sir Hudson Lowe.
two men engaged in a monumental battle of wills as Napoleon
fought to be recognised as an emperor and Lowe doggedly refused
to call him anything other than by the rank of general.
on and around St Helena was tight with Royal Navy vessels
almost continually circling the last home of the man who once
the constant attention Napoleon was ever keen to plan ways
N is a movie that looks at the mysteries surrounding Napoleon
British officer, Lieutenant Heathcote (Jay Rodan), is the
aide-de-camp to Lowe and begins to investigate the former
questions the official British line - death by natural causes
- and follows an investigation that brings up the possibilities
of Napoleon being assassinated by poison.
also begins to suspect that there is a possibility that Bonaparte
did not actually die on St Helena.
is played by Philippe Torreton and his nemesis, Lowe, is played
by the excellent British actor Richard E. Grant.
the pictures available it has to be said that Monsieur
N looks stunning, with superb photography and brilliant
runs for about two hours and I, for one, am looking forward
to having a look at the film.
We are tracking down a DVD version of this movie - which is
in French and subtitled in English - and will review it as
soon as we can.
Director: Antoine de Caunes
Bonaparte - Philippe Torreton
Sir Hudson Lowe - Richard E Grant
Lt Heathcote - Jay Rodan
General Montholon - Stephane Freiss
Albine de Montholon - Elsa Zylberstein
Betsy Balcombe - Siobhan Hewlett
General Bertrand - Roshdy Zem
Fanny Bertrand - Blanche de Saint-Phalle