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Farewell, My Queen
Les adieux à la reine

Farewell, My Queen marks the return of acclaimed director Benoît Jacquot and brilliantly captures the passions, debauchery, occasional glimpses of nobility and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in the final days before the full-scale outbreak of the Revolution. Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, the film stars Léa Seydoux as one of Marie's ladies-in-waiting, seemingly an innocent but quietly working her way into her mistress's special favors, until history tosses her fate onto a decidedly different path. With the action moving effortlessly from the gilded drawing rooms of the nobles to the back quarters of those who serve them, this is a period film at once accurate and sumptuous in its visual details and modern in its emotions.



CRITICAL NOTES

"'Farewell, My Queen' has none of the mustiness or preciosity that can turn costume dramas into waxworks. Mr. Jacquot shot much of it at Versailles, which deepens the period verisimilitude, yet while the gilded rooms and satin clothes look sumptuous if often suitably absurd... the people in them breathe" - Manohla Dargis, New York Times
FILM INFORMATION

Director: Benoît Jacquot
Cast: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux and Virginie Ledoyen
Year: 2012
Runtime: 100 minutes
Country: France, Spain
Language: French (English subtitles)
Distributor: Entertainment One


Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

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