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The Happy Prince

Synopsis

The last days of Oscar Wilde—and the ghosts that haunted them—are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut, The Happy Prince.

Alongside Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Colin Morgan, Everett gives a career-best performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe. His body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning, he survives by falling back on the flamboyant irony and brilliant wit that defined him. As the film travels through Wilde’s final act and journeys through England, France and Italy, desire and loyalty face off, the transience of lust is laid bare, and the true riches of love are revealed.

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Starring

Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan

Directed by

Rupert Everett

Written by

Rupert Everett

Country Of Origin

England

Language

English/French

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