"The Affair of the Necklace" is a romantic drama set in pre-Revolutionary France. The elegant epic is based on the controversial true story of Jeanne De La Motte Valois (played by Academy Award winner Hillary Swank), a countess whose name was stripped from her by the Royal Family during the political unrest of the late 18th Century. Now a penniless young woman, Jeanne schemes to avenge her family's fall from grace by stealing a priceless item of jewelry. After leaving her adopted home in search of what she suspects may be her royal heritage, her curiosity soon leads her to become entangled in a scandal that involves her dishonest husband, Marie Antoinette, and an infamous diamond necklace at the center of it all. The story of Jeanne's fight to restore her name and proper place in society is filled with mystery, intrigue and desire, as the historical events unfold amidst mounting tensions ripe for revolution. This wonderful film also stars Simon Baker, Jonathan Pryce, Joely Richardson and Christopher Walken. It is the second film to dramatize the Countess' story, the first being a 1946 French film, "L'Affaire du Collier de la Reine" ("Queen's Necklace").
This film is rated R for some sexuality.