"Engineer extraordinaire Gustave Eiffel is unimpressed, on first pass, by the sketches of a giant metal pylon presented to him, as a possible centrepiece for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. "It's ugly," he declares.
What changed his mind? The screenwriter of Eiffel, Caroline Bongrand, has concocted a theory, to do with a great lost love of his youth, a flighty ingénue called Adrienne Bourgès, whom Eiffel was prevented from marrying by her rich industrialist father.
As unproven propositions about historical figures go, this Francophone effort hews closer to 'Shakespeare in Love' than to 'Anonymous' – a fanciful embellishment of the facts, not a ripping up of every credible biography. Taken as a speculative romance, and in the right matinee spirit, it's lushly engaging, with a star pairing that – appropriately – rivets" – Tim Robey, Telegraph.
“The whole thing is performed with relish and high spirits, and the digital fabrications of the Tower itself, rising out of the ground in stages with hair-raisingly dangerous structural work, are entertainingly contrived”
“There’s nothing small or esoteric about the film. It’s a sumptuous widescreen epic...”