Forget your History 101. This revisionist fable about diminutive leader Napoleon Bonaparte (Lord of the Rings' Ian Holm) details a plot by the exiled ruler to retake the throne of France. Bonaparte trades places with a look-alike commoner (also Holm), who is supposed to reveal himself as a fake once the real deal sneaks into the country. But Napoleon's plans are blown apart--and comedy ensues--when the imposter falls in love with his new life of luxury and refuses to unveil the deception.
Stranded incognito in Paris, the real Bonaparte shacks up with winsome widow Iben Hjejle, much to the displeasure of spurned suitor Tim McInnerny. Though not without a few leaps in logic, this entertaining and light-hearted film succeeds mostly due to the commanding presence of Holm in the dual roles. Attractive production design and photography, as well as a spirited score, add lovely details, too. Try it on for size.