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Tulip Fever

  • 2017
  • R
  • 107min
  • 10%
  • 6.2 / 10

Tulip Fever is a film set in the Netherlands in the 17th century, at the height of the tulip mania. The film follows Sophie, played by lead actress Alicia Vikander as an orphan who is promised to marry an elderly man named Cornelis. Their marriage is unhappy and plagued by the fact that Sophie has not given Cornelis an heir. Cornelis decides to hire a painter to immortalize his young, beautiful wife. Artist Jan comes to the estate to paint Sophie and the two soon fall in love. Jan and Sophie hatch a plot involving Sophie's friend Maria, which will allow the two lovers to run away together to the New World. Jan has been successful speculating in the tulip market, which will provide the necessary funds for their trip. However, things do not go according to plan and the rest of the film follows the lovers as fate conspires to keep them apart.

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Tulip Mania spread in 17th century Holland, with the famous flowers causing a major financial boom and eventual bust for the country. The import of the tulip, which originated from the Near East, were seen as prized rarities. Tulip spectators could no longer pull in investors, hence causing the blooms to plummet in value. Experts have determined that the event did not have much effect on the Dutch economy in the long-term.

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Tulip Fever is a 2017 romance film from director Justin Chadwick and writers Deborah Moggach and Tom Stoppard. It is based on Moggach's 1999 novel of the same name. The film stars stars Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Grainger, Matthew Morrison and Cara Delevingne. Tulip Fever was originally screened at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, but due to a series of delays it was not released in theaters until August of 2017. The film was not particularly successful at the box office, earning only $8 million compared to its budget of $25 million. It also received generally negative reviews from critics, who lambasted the needlessly convoluted plot and stilted dialogue.