The Mists of Avalon

Synopsis: Based on the bestseller by Marion Zimmer Bradley It tells the story of the women behind King Arthur; including his mother, Igraine; his half-sister, Morgaine; his aunt Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; and his wife, Gwenwyfar.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 22 nominations.
 
IMDB:
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Year:
2001
183 min
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No one knows the real story

of the great King Arthur of Camelot.

Most of what you think you know

about Camelot...

...Guinevere and Lancelot...

...and the evil sorceress

known as Morgaine Le Fey...

...is nothing but lies.

l should know, for l am Morgaine Le Fey...

...priestess of the Isle of Avalon...

...where the ancient religion

of the Mother Goddess was born.

lt began in the midst of

the most violent upheaval...

...Britain has ever seen.

The Saxon barbarians

swept into my country...

...killing Christians and followers

of Avalon's goddess alike.

Unless one great leader

could unite Christians...

...and followers of the old religion...

...Britain was doomed to barbarism...

...and Avalon would vanish.

My Christian father, Gorlois...

...battled tirelessly

against the Saxon hordes.

For Christ! For Britain!

Back home in Cornwall,

l was only a child at the time...

...but l knew my mother, Igraine,

was still a follower of the old religion...

...and secretly practiced its ancient magic.

Her sister, my Aunt Morgause...

...had lived with us

for as long as l can remember.

She relished the power of Avalon.

Mother?

Mother, what's the matter?

Let her have her vision, lamb.

l want to know what the Sight brings her.

She's afraid.

Let her have her vision.

Father will be angry if she uses the Sight.

Then he won't hear about it, will he?

What is it?

Igraine...

...what do you see?

Anything for me?

A lover? A husband?

The Lady of the Lake is coming...

...and the Merlin of Britain with her.

We must make ready.

What do they want?

You can ask them yourself. They're here.

And so Viviane came to Cornwall.

The eldest of the three sisters...

...Viviane was the High Priestess

of Avalon...

...and the voice

of the Mother Goddess on earth.

She had just one goal...

...to save Avalon from the Saxons.

Sister, we have to bring

this fighting to an end.

The Saxons will destroy this land.

Unless we prevent it.

How?

By giving this land a leader

to whom both followers of Christ...

...and the Goddess can give allegiance.

Someone with the blood of Avalon

in his veins.

The High King could still father a child.

But he'll be dead within six months.

Viviane has foreseen it.

He'll die without leaving an heir.

You mean my husband

will become High King in his place?

That l will bear this leader

that you speak of?.

You will bear the king, Igraine. Yes.

But not to Gorlois.

You will bear the child

to the man who wears this sign.

He is a follower of the Goddess,

and he will be king.

I'm married to the Duke of Cornwall.

I've borne him a child.

l will not betray him. l gave him my vows.

You gave them first to Avalon.

lf you want this child

to be born of Avalon...

...then you can bear

this great new king yourself.

There is no need, Viviane.

Let me bear the child.

l have no husband to betray.

Let me bear the king.

Have you no shame, Morgause?

Leave us.

l have as much Avalon

in my veins as she does!

Let me make this man fall in love with me.

l know the arts as well.

No man or woman

can live another's fate, Morgause.

You have a king in your future, and sons.

Who?

You'll know when you see him.

Be content with that.

You must remember, Duchess...

...that Viviane is not just your sister.

She is the High Priestess of the faith...

...to which you have promised

your very breath.

The violence can end.

The choice is yours.

But my word--

Sometimes we have to sacrifice

small virtues to achieve great ones.

This year's harvest is tilled

with the blood of your own men.

Morgaine!

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