Farewell, My Queen

Farewell, My Queen

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Farewell, My Queen

Lavish French period drama capturing the scandal surrounding the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the Revolution. Stars Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris). Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, nominated for 10 César (French Academy) Awards.

Sidonie (Seydoux) is a quiet worker trying to weave her way into Antoinette’s (Kruger) special favours. But the seemingly innocent girl’s objectives are soon rattled, with the Queen revealing her infatuation with her secret lover Gabrielle de Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen). As France's civil rebellion builds, Sidonie secretly witnesses this relationship grow.

2012Rating: M, Nudity100 minsFrance, SpainFrench with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema
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Variety

Variety

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A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama.

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Time Out

Time Out

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Once the rote plot takes over - the tension brought on by the film's you-are-there verisimilitude quickly devolves into soapily overwrought theatrics.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch...

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Benoit Jacquot's engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Matching the strength of these actresses and their personal drama is the film's masterful sense of time and place - the way it makes us feel that this was how it was during four pivotal days in July 1789 as the wheels came off the French monarchy.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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It stays on the surface, but at least that surface is gorgeous.

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Variety

Variety

press

A well-observed but emotionally muted costume drama.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Once the rote plot takes over - the tension brought on by the film's you-are-there verisimilitude quickly devolves into soapily overwrought theatrics.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Tense, absorbing, pleasurably original look at three days in the life and lies of a doomed monarch...

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Benoit Jacquot's engrossing film tells a story we know well, seen from a point of view we may not have considered.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Matching the strength of these actresses and their personal drama is the film's masterful sense of time and place - the way it makes us feel that this was how it was during four pivotal days in July 1789 as the wheels came off the French monarchy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Intelligent Euro eye candy at its most lavish.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It stays on the surface, but at least that surface is gorgeous.

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