Comedy - Development 2016

The action concerns the Utopia of a bold anti-militarist, who nevertheless underlines the friendly nature of his kingdom. At the same through his cheeky innuendo and frivolous mistakes the piece is a tongue-in-cheek satire of the liberal zeitgeist of the 1920s.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Erotic, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 3 - 5 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Synopsis
    • The story of King Pausole, who rules his fabled kingdom, Trypheme, from a cherry tree. Undoubtedly the most important rule for him and his Subjects is the realization of personal freedom for the individual.
      The King gives audience under his Cherry Tree, where his Subjects bring their complaints. There are only two laws in Trypheme that people have to abide by: firstly, do not harm your neighbor, and secondly if you abide by this law, do what is good for you. His Subjects are generally happy, and they have little to complain about. The King only gives audience under his Cherry Tree, should there be any injustices.
      The King is by nature very slow and is never personally on the go in his kingdom, meaning that he transfers all affairs of the State to his Minister Taxis. It is also customary in Trypheme not to wear any clothes, which is in contrast to their neighbours in France, who sell for vast sums of money clothes in their capital city, Paris. This is a custom that King Pausole is unable and unwilling to support; everybody should flaunt what they have, and what God has given them. The King is unable to understand why the beautiful bodies of God’s creations should be covered.
      The King lives in his Kingdom together with 365 women, who every year become “Queen for a day”. The King aims through this to avoid disputes between the harems. There is of course however rivalry between the ladies. Diane à la Houppe seeks in vain to be together with him permanently.
      The king sees everything much more sternly with his daughter Aline, however. When the he discovers that his beloved daughter falls in love and then runs away with a dancer (who is in fact the dancer Mirabelle dressed as a man) at a courtly dance, he is stunned and has no idea how to go about dealing with the situation. Minister Taxis seeks Right and Order through his soldiers, and advises the King to find his daughter and bring her home, with help from the soldiers.
      Should he let her be brought back by force? This is something he is unable and unwilling to order. She must come back to him through her own volition, but how will he go about doing this? Giglio the Page suggests to the king that the two of them travel together to find his runaway daughter, which the king is delighted to do, seeing it also as a chance to break the monotony of his everyday life (although until now the reason for his having had 365 wives a years a year and staying in his castle was itself a means of trying to break the monotony of everyday life).
      Meanwhile his daughter has fallen in love with the dancer Mirabelle, who in truth is not a man, but an androgynous female. Aline had decided to run away from home with her “dancer” and to hide with him in a love nest. She leaves behind just one message for her father, namely that she will be back in 9 months. King Pausole is, though instead of going to look for her, or having somebody else look for her, he does nothing, unable to decide what would be best. He decides instead to wait for the time being, for with time comes counsel. Although the Minister Taxis is rearing to embark on his search, the King holds him back. So when Giglio suggests to the King to go together with him, the King decides to go with both his advisors after all. He decides that each advisor is to make the decisions for half a day each. Giglios is interested in all matters of the fairer sex, and he takes every opportunity to satisfy his interests. His Minister Taxis has his soldiers, and is more for discipline and efficiency.
      The situation is thrown into confusion on the farm “Golden Hen”, the first rest station, for the King’s daughter has taken refuge with her lover in the only part of the farm that could possibly pass as a room. The king is unable to stay for long anyway, as Taxis his Minister and Dame Perchuque inform him of a revolution by his “Queens”, meaning his presence at Court is immediately required. As a result, he misses the frivolous seducement by the Page, of Mirabelle and Aline. Giglio and the King travel back to Trypheme, though the king is quartered now at the Hotel Bouffe Royal and not his Harem due to the precarious situation. Aline and Mirabelle also make their way back, and finally Aline finds in the cheeky Page Giglio the right man. After some more confusion, Pausole finally gives his permission for a wedding, and decides to renounce his kingly status, becoming a butterfly-catcher instead.