Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated wedding, Grace of Monaco is a snapshot of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic princesses – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.
While contemplating overtures from Alfred Hitchcock to return to her career in Hollywood, Grace found herself plunged into a personal crisis when Rainier’s modernisation of an ailing Monaco was halted by Charles de Gaulle – the French President – and his attempts to not only impose French taxation on Monaco, but reclaim the principality for France by force.
The full-blown international crisis and impending French invasion that loomed – would pose a crisis not just for her family, her marriage and her country, but for Grace’s private life. It would become the moment in which a cinematic icon, an American far from home, would have to face a tough decision – return to her celebrated status as a movie star, globally loved and adored, or accept that she will never act again, embrace her new role and her new identity, her duty to her husband, her children, and the world’s second smallest country that has now become her home.
Starring Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Frank Langella and Paz Vega and directed by Olivier Dahan, Grace of Monaco hits cinemas June 6th.