Happy Prince, The
A passion project for writer, director and star Rupert Everett, The Happy Prince pays effective tribute to Oscar Wilde with a poignant look at his tragic final days. In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde (Everett) lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintance, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories - his incomparable wit still sharp. With a towering and persuasive performance by Everett, backed up by co-stars Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson, THE HAPPY PRINCE is a haunting portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century.