in the visual novel ambition: a minuet in power, yvette decaux is a young french woman stepping onto the streets of 18th century paris at an incredibly tense time in french history. she soon discovers that the nobleman fiancée she is to reunite with is nowhere to be found. with a bloody revolution looming on the horizon, can yvette establish herself in the upper echelons of parisian society through political intrigue and careful maneuvering while avoiding the guillotine? might she even manage to find love while doing so? ultimately, her fate is down to how deftly one plays the game in this aptly named ambitious title.
the player starts with very little in the early stages of ambition: a minuet in power. nearly penniless and abandoned to her missing fiancées political enemies, yvette faces several indignations all at once. yet, it is in how players approach these hardships that you begin to establish a foothold into high society, though maintaining said foothold is often a tenuous and somewhat risky balancing act that plays out over the course of the entire game. there are five factions to consider when making a move: the crown, the bourgeoisie, the church, the military, and the revolution. yvette can subtly alter the influences of these factions through some of her actions if her credibility levels are high enough, though certain historical events inevitably tip the scales regardless. influencing these factions comes from not only yvettes credibility but also in how you choose to handle snippets of gossip you collect at parties or from exploring the city itself.
even the fashion yvette chooses to wear to faction-sponsored events can help or hinder her credibility with the various groups. the influence of style in high society paris is not to be underestimated, and it is one of the first gameplay elements that players are introduced to. it is imperative that yvette dresses for the occasion she’s attending to help maintain and improve her status, as some factions approve of one dress code more than another. novelty, and the sheer newness of ones wardrobe, are also vital to keep in mind as wearing an outfit repeatedly will cause its positive effects on the various factions to diminish. gaining enough livre (french currency during this time period) to keep yvette stocked with new, differing clothing styles is absolutely essential to maintaining her reputation.
players can gain livre by selling old clothes that have lost their novelty, but yvettes best source of income is selling pieces of gossip she uncovers at various social functions to a newspaper. gossip is tiered, with the most shocking and scandalous bits of information earning more money. depending on the time you visit the paper, yvette can also gain more money and get the chance to raise credibility or lower peril levels by providing information on a specific faction within a set timeframe. yvette can sell one piece of gossip without arousing any suspicion, but the more pieces she sells and spreads in one day, the more she risks potentially getting caught, which in turn has an adverse effect on her reputation. when it comes to choosing what gossip to sell, players must consider things carefully, as this is key not only to keep safe but to stay lucrative as you need livre to do more than buy clothes and maintain your household and buy gifts or bribes.
there are three statuses in ambition: a minuet in power that you should always keep an eye on to try and avoid the guillotine. credibility is the esteem in which parisian society holds yvette to at any given moment, and trying to keep this as high as possible is central to surviving. peril is the amount of danger that specific actions place yvette in. raise this meter too high, and you’re looking at a very bloody end. and sometimes, you must make a risky choice to reach the desired outcome, just like how you need to pass certain credibility checks to maneuver through other situations correctly. these choices can raise or lower your credibility and peril throughout the game. the third stat to watch out for is exhaustion. maintaining good standing in 18th century paris can be taxing work, and every party or event that yvette goes to, or every clandestine rendezvous with a potential suitor she has, drains her further. going out on a social call with any level of exhaustion will lower her credibility, so it is vital to spend a day at home resting when possible to offset this.
unfortunately, yvette will no doubt become exhausted on occasion because you can get penalized for declining invitations to parties, and if you dont go, you may potentially miss out on raising credibility and gaining valuable intel for attending. you can somewhat balance this out by giving your host a gift of wine, though depending on the hosting faction, this too may negatively affect your peril meter. i found that credibility consistently seemed to rise when giving gifts and wearing the correct fashion for that particular faction, but peril seemed a bit more finicky to predict. players can strategize how to balance yvette’s exhaustion levels with the other meters effectively. trying to figure out ways to maintain high credibility while keeping peril low is essential to a successful playthrough that requires you to finagle with character interactions delicately.
the parties yvette attends are split into turns, and you make one round of conversation during each turn, which often means conversing with random nameless partygoers. occasionally youll run into named denizens of paris, both at parties and in the city itself, with their own backstories and factional associations that you can delve into more deeply. a decision that might seem wise in one interaction could be damning in another, so you have to be cautious and pay attention to cues to figure out the best approach. sadly, the parties seemed to run out of steam towards the end of the story, which is a shame as you need to keep attending them for credibility purposes.
another issue with parties in ambition: a minuet in power is that credibility checks seemed to be quite fussy. even with my credibility at very high levels, i was frustrated with how many times i failed for reasons i couldnt really figure out. it almost seemed random! you only get a select number of conversations, and repeated conversations lead to different outcomes even if i picked the same response each time. i never understood why this happened, and it even made me hesitant to risk credibility checks if i thought id lose them as the game autosaves during these sections, and you cant do over a decision if you feel you made a mistake. it made every encounter, even the generic ones, have more weight regarding dialogue options.
parties serve as yvettes bread and butter in a lot of ways, but she also has free days where she can explore a part of paris at her leisure via a city map. you can visit the sites, interact with prominent story npcs, piece together the main story, rest at home, shop, or sell gossip during these days. it is a level of interactivity that isnt often seen in the genre, though you can only do one event per day, so you must again carefully balance your time and budget.
you also have your household to maintain. at the start of ambition: a minuet in power, yvette only has one servant: the cheerful camille. however, as yvettes credibility grows, and depending on some choices, you can hire more people, such as a tailor who helps keep your clothes fresh or a retired spy who can offer you insight into the games of intrigue you have to play. while the extended household is beneficial, it increases how much you have to pay to maintain it every week, which means you have to budget and set aside more money accordingly. running out of money is a guaranteed way to lower credibility and raise peril quickly.
among pariss citizenry, yvette encounters six potential suitors with connections to the various factions, such as yvettes currently missing fiancée armand, the soulful artist elizabeth, or the enigmatic widow honorade. players can curry favor with these characters and earn some influence over their various factions as a result. raising their affections also gives yvette a chance to rendezvous with them, which might help you discover more of their personal backgrounds and motivations if the meetings go well. romantically, i ended up being quite taken with the queens dragoon corporal thomas-alexandre dumas, but all of the suitors are interesting in their own rights. i give ambition: a minuet in power credit for its overall very diverse and multi-faceted cast in general.
given the french revolution setting, the story for ambition: a minuet in power is intriguing and naturally full of danger that threatens to burst at the seams at any given moment. i love the nuance the game handles this and the attention to historical detail throughout the script. as the story progresses, you can easily feel the tension mount and see things become all the more dangerous for yvette and her household. and since there is a lot of information to keep track of, yvette has a journal that details the current state of each faction, the gossip youve heard, what gossip your erstwhile employer is currently requesting, and a list of potential love interests youve met. however, the lack of a dictionary is a bit disappointing given the sheer number of real-life figures, important locales, and historical events mentioned.
there were two moments that took me out of the story when the consequences of my actions didnt seem to register within the game. an event involving someone who was executed in my playthrough remained open when it shouldnt have. it was beyond strange to have them suddenly appear quite alive in one scene, only to then be reminded afterward of their execution. it was like the game didn’t realize i shouldnt have access to that scene. and during the epilogue, my love interest had stayed behind when he’d already chosen to leave paris with yvette. the story then quickly returns to him having done the latter, which seemed like an odd slip-up. i couldnt tell if these were glitches with story gates, so hopefully, the developers can patch them out, as they caused noticeable issues when i played through this.
visually,ambition: a minuet in poweris colorful and vibrant. the backgrounds capture the setting of the time period wonderfully. while the more cartoon-style character art might not be for everyone, i found their designs quite eye-catching and expressive. it certainly gives the title a unique look, especially when characters get angry or do over-the-top poses. on the negative side, the overly expressive character art sometimes creates a tonal dissonance with the actual script. it is hard to take an important political discussion seriously when one character looks like they’re raging at you with wild eyes! beyond important npcs, the generic characters all have pretty much the same designs with different color palettes, though i thought it was clever that the game even mentions this in the story! there is some cg artwork too, and i loved the storybook feel of it when it showed up, especially at the height of a romance scene.
john robert matz composed the soundtrack, and the music captures the emotion and feel of the french revolution-era wonderfully. sound effects are used effectively, with even the small vocalized character gestures fitting every given scene. overall, i was quite impressed with the titles sound design.
ambition: a minuetin power is a highly interactive visual novel that details love and intrigue during a turbulent historical time not often covered in video games. it was a trip through time to an earlier paris that proved memorable and engaging, even if the journey wasnt without flaws. visual novel fans looking for more romance with political machinations to maneuver through and a bit more interactivity than one usually expects from the genre should give this one a closer look.
uncover romance alongside dangerous political plots in 18th century paris, diverse cast of believable characters, high level of interactivity, wonderfully fitting soundtrack.
story immersion can be broken, tonal dissonance with character expressions and script, credibility checks seem random at times, autosave during conversations might be off-putting, parties start to drag later in game.
though it has some flaws, ambition: a minuet in power is a creative and intriguing visual novel.
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Hi, we are family of four, every year we try to create funny..different family costume. This year we are dressed as Fifth Element, it’s such a great movie with funny different characters. My husband is the one that represents funny so he is wearing Ruby Rhod costume(that’s the only one we bought). I made his mic from cardboard, small ball and leopard duck tape. I’m Leeloo( made costume from old crib sheets, since I didn’t want to spend money on the wig I used water color paint). My son picked his character Zorg (probably because of the powerful gun) watching Fifth Element he learned all Zorg’s lines :) My daughter didn’t have much choice so since her favorite color is blue I decided to dress her up as Diva. I made her dress in few hours, bought blue fabric at Walmart for $ same thing with Zorg’s costume( $9 for fabric, his wig is made from plastic water gallon and $1 hair piece from Dollar store). In few days I made three costumes using less then & I would made Ruby’s costume too but I didn’t have time. I hope you pick us! Thank you
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A closer look at Gaultier’s Fifth Element costume design
On its 20th anniversary, we take a look at the designer's work on the cult film
French director Luc Besson’s sci-fi The Fifth Elementwas, and still is, pretty polarising. It’s not hard to see why; the film, then the most expensive non-US one ever made, was overly long, full of holes, and in need of, “fierce trimming”, as Roger Ebert noted at the time. However, it was and still is fiercely adored; it's exciting, a lot of fun, and revolutionised a genre that can so often be oppressively dire. What makes The Fifth Element so much fun is not only its fast pace and dialogue, but its visuals. Besson and his team, which included renowned cinematographer Thierry Arbogast and production designer Dan Wiel, worked together with the $90 million budget to bring Besson’s vision to life. While the rest of the visuals are pretty impressive, it's the costumes that tie the whole thing together.
On board to design them was former enfant terrible of the design world Jean Paul Gaultier, who created over ostentatious, bright, detailed costumes for the film; even honing in on the details of characters in crowd shots. The film would likely not have had quite the same impact without Gaultier’s obsessive commitment. Speaking at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Gaultier retrospective, Thierry-Maxime Loriot commented on Gaultier’s attention to detail, saying, “a thousand costumes is like 10 collections but all for one movie. It’s an incredible amount of work people don’t even know about. For a thousand costumes, he may have even done 5, sketches before narrowing it down”. The costumes are colourful, exciting, and a world away from the grim rain-soaked worlds of predecessors like Blade Runner (). Gaultier’s costumes were bright and fun; they took inspiration from his previous collections while incorporating non-traditional materials and a futuristic vision.
Even after 20 years, Gaultier’s costumes remain an incredible and necessary feat of design. Here we celebrate just a few of the thousand.
LEELOO'S BANDAGE DRESS
When we meet Leeloo she’s naked, but she soon dons an outfit - if by accident. Her first costume is some strategically placed restraints that form into a bodysuit/dress when she escapes her confinement. The piece takes direct inspiration from Gaultier’s underwear-as-outerwear collections, and has been the Halloween costume of brave souls ever since. Jovovich’s nudity and near-nudity, intended to show her vulnerability and naivety, manages to sit just this side of voyeuristic despite how much some horned-up nerds might enjoy it. The design even took model-actress Jovovich some bravery to step out in, as she told Entertainment Weekly that the costume, “was a bit embarrassing,” adding, “in the fashion world, most of the guys are gay and they have the etiquette not to notice. But those English guys working on the set were whistling and stuff.” The skimpy, iconic get up (and Leeloo's orange hair) had a massive impact on not only the film, but thousands of cosplayers for years to come.
RUBY RHOD'S LEOPARD PRINT EVERYTHING
Ruby Rhod, the larger-than-life, flamboyant radio host, has more than his fair share of great outfits. The wide, reinforced necks are provocative and far beyond even the fashion of now - but they just about manage to not look like couture spacesuits. The all-leopard print costume that Rhod first enters in deserves a mention as every detail, down to the cane and the extravagant bleached super-quiff, sets the tone for his character. His later, smart costume of a black wide-necked satin top full of red flowers is similarly spectacular, but it's really the combination of clothes and performance that made Rhod so memorable. Chris Tucker fully occupied the role - but it almost wasn’t his. As legend tells it, Prince was supposed to take the part, and had a disastrous meeting with Gaultier about his costumes. Later, Besson told Gaultier that the costumes had been, “too effeminate”, even for Prince. Ultimately Prince had scheduling conflicts, but that’s OK - maybe even he couldn’t have done quite the job that Tucker managed to.
THE MCDONALD'S GIRLS
The supermodel-esque McDonald’s workers only appear in the film very briefly, but again that’s just testament to Gaultier’s extreme attention to background detail. They’re a far cry from the plain duds McDonald’s workers don today; the costumes echo Besson’s longterm love affair with red hair, and the McDonald’s colourway teams with the form-outlining shapes of the golden arches to show off the women’s figures. They’re flirty, sweet, and just like the airport attendees, exist only to serve. On the airport workers, Gaultier said, ”it’s a little change from what they are wearing on Air France”. The costumes are extremely cute, despite the underlying sinister tones of women being made to wear uncomfortable clothes to their service jobs as far ahead as the 23rd century.
DALLAS'S MANY VESTS
As Dallas, Bruce Willis’s looks are pretty lowkey, but there’s still a story behind them. Like Leeloo, he starts the movie shirtless, but soon moves on to an orange, rubber vest. Speaking to EW about new film Valerian recently, Besson said, “there’s always a dominant colour in my films. The Professional was brown, The Fifth Element was orange, Valerian is blue ice.” Orange does dominate throughout The Fifth Element, from Leeloo’s hair and braces down to Korben’s vest. The rubber is an effort by Gaultier to incorporate non-traditional materials and make the costumes futuristic. Another playful message is in Willis’s attire through the film - he is pretty much always wearing vests. Even when Dallas wears a tux, it slowly becomes a shredded, bloody pretty-much vest - in a little nod to Willis's Die Hard days, because we have all learned by now that that's his only good look.
Leeloo’s bandages don’t last forever, because even the shy among us need a cute Halloween costume. The ribbed cream crop top and gold disco pants wouldn’t look entirely out of place now, partly because Gaultier also took inspiration from the then-current-day, and we are currently living in the midst of a 90s revival. On choosing to include those elements, Gaultier said, “I spoke with Luc about what is futuristic, and we decided that there could be elements of today. You could even imagine that there will be only retro clothes in the future. Everything’s possible.” Her rubber braces are a little less of-today, but they do give the whole thing a playful, futuristic feel, and match Leeloo to her hair and to Dallas’s orange rubber vest.
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Leeloo Dallas, Multipass! This fifth element costume is mostly bare-skin. How hard could it be??
Actually, it ended up taking me WAY longer than I expected. There are twelve straps total and sewing all of them together was a complicated process that involved LOTS of white fabric (about yards) and time (4 days). I started with a white strapless swimsuit that I got on sale from Fredricks of Hollywood for $ Then I began by cutting 4-inch-wide pieces, which I ironed and sewed together. So each of the twelve straps is actually a double-layer of the fabric because I didnt want my skin to show through. I started out sewing BY HAND (because I suck at using sewing machines) but that was a really dumb idea because it took FOREVER just to sew together the edges of one strap.
For the hair, I bought a basic orange wig from Easelys Fun Shop here in Phoenix and soaked it overnight in laundry detergent per their instruction (which is supposed to take some of the unnatural synthetic shine out of the wig). Then I sprayed in some dry shampoo and hairspray to get it a little messy. I tried a glue stick, but ended up having the most success with my boyfriends hair product (Tea Tree Shaping Cream by Paul Mitchell) to twist some strands together to mimic the dreadlocks that she has in the movie. For the blonde roots, I simply painted on some yellow acrylic paint I purchased from Michaels. Lastly, I cut the bangs short.
I found a bright orange shirt for my boyfriend at Marshalls for super cheap and he picked up some used knee pads for $ at Play-it-again Sports. I also bought blonde hairspray to complete his Bruce Willis look. Funny, when he wasnt standing next to me, people thought he was Duke Nukem!
Everyone who knew the movie loved my costume! We went to a house party and then to a block party in Old Town Scottsdale and random people kept yelling CHICKEN GOOD
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Bruce Willis' Daughter Pays Tribute to Her Dad with Revealing Fifth Element Halloween Costume
Tallulah Belle Willis was inspired by one of her dads famous films for her Halloween costume this year.
On Sunday, the year-old daughter of Bruce Willis shared a photo of her revealing Halloween get-up. The actress dressed up as Leeloo, one of the titular Supreme Being characters from her dads popular film, The Fifth Element.
Seno Akta Gamat, Tallulah captioned the image, which is a famous line from the film in Leeloos alien language.
Posing against a wall, Tallulah was dressed in the Leeloos iconic white bandage outfit, and completed the look with a bright orange wig. The extraterrestrial character was originally played by Milla Jovovich in the classic science fiction movie.
In the film, Bruce plays cab driver Korben Dallas who finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo mysteriously falls into taxi. They join forces to reunite her with the four other elements, in order to protect the Earth from a cosmic evil trying to destroy humanity.
Tallulah is just one of the actors three daughters with his ex-wife, actress Demi Moore. The pair also share daughters Rumer, 31, and Scout, 28, from their year marriage.
RELATED: Rumer Willis Shares Photo of Dad Bruce Willis 5 Daughters, Ages 4 to 30, All Together on NYE
Moore married the Die Hard star in after a four-month romance and later divorced in In her memoir, Inside Out, Moore claims that Bruce felt her acting career was taking time away from their family, and that he expressed he wasnt sure if he wanted to be married.
Despite the friction, the actress writes she is very proud of our divorce.
RELATED: Bruce Willis Supports Ex-Wife Demi Moore at Her Memoir Launch and Brings His Current Wife
I think Bruce was fearful at the beginning that I was going to make our split difficult, and that I would express my anger and whatever baggage that I had from our marriage by obstructing his access to the kids that Id turn to all of those ploys divorcing couples use as weapons, she writes. But I didnt, and neither did he.
While the two kept things cordial, Moore admits the split wasnt easy at first, but we managed to move the heart of our relationship, the heart of what created our family, into something new that gave the girls a loving, supportive environment with both parents.
Noticing that I was staring between her legs, and I pay little attention to what, the girl realized her mistake (or was it a provocation?). And: took one hand off the floor. Then she lifted the hem of her dress to her knees, still standing on one arm. She smiled and winked at me. I was shocked.
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Then, pressing her palms to my cheeks, she raised my gaze to herself and pressed her lips to mine. I froze. For a long time she wandered her tongue around my lips, under the tongue, over the palate, over the tongue.