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No Grace for Monaco

Yet again! The royal family of the Principality of Monaco has issued yet another statement shooting down the new Nicole Kidman movie, Grace of Monaco.

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We suppose we will not be seeing members of the Monaco royal court lined up to watch Grace of Monaco when (and if) it ever hits theatres.

The tiny principality on the French Riviera is huffing and puffing with dismay yet again in regards to the release of the Olivier Dahan-directed and Nicole Kidman-starring film at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, calling it a “farce.” We are feeling an epic eye-poking battle coming on…

The movie — meant to be a loose portrait of the iconic actress — chronicles Grace Kelly’s struggle to integrate into her royal life as the wife of Prince Rainier III during the turbulent political standoff between Monaco and France in 1962. The Monaco monarchy insists that, due to its fictional nature, the story should be taken with a grain of salt and should in no way be considered a “biopic.”

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“On the occasion of the upcoming screening of the film Grace of Monaco at the opening of the Cannes Festival on May 14 2014 and its release in theaters, the Prince’s Palace would like to reiterate that this feature cannot under any circumstances be classified as a biopic,” the palace press release read.

“The Princely family does not in any way wish to be associated with this film which reflects no reality and regrets that its history has been misappropriated for purely commercial purposes.”

This is a rather unusual move for the royal house, considering that this is its second address of the film’s fictional content. They must really not like it. And we mean, really, really not like it. We understand the wish to preserve a piece of history and maintain a sense of integrity, but Hollywood rarely creates non-fictionalized accounts of the past. It’s for entertainment purposes. We’re sure the audience understands the difference between creative liberty and, say, a documentary.

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The Principality of Monaco might get its burning wish, though, since the Weinstein Company refuses to distribute the film in North America unless Dahan re-edits it to the company’s liking. So you might be able to catch this flick only at Cannes.

Drama upon drama. Do you think the Monaco royal family is overreacting or right on the money? Sound off in the comments.

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