Farewell, My Queen

Rated R 100 minutes 2012

The French period-piece Farewell, My Queen strips the pretty away from the era of Louis XVI, showing the rising tide of revolution in disheveled detail. History paints a mixed picture of Marie Antoinette, although she was certainly reviled by the French by 1789, when this film takes place. The legendary queen is portrayed by Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), who is definitely up to the task. Her Marie Antoinette is not some kind of Paris Hilton with a title, but a woman of strength, smarts and desire. But as the queen’s official reader, Léa Seydoux plays a more-central role. She is firmly planted between the haves and have-nots, and her relationship with the queen is not easily defined. These are two great performances, and this is a fascinating story of crumpling power told from a perspective we rarely see.

Film Credits

Director: Benoît Jacquot

Producer: Jean-Pierre Guérin, Kristina Larsen, Pedro Uriol and Christophe Valette

Cast: Diane Kruger, Léa Seydoux, Virginie Ledoyen, Xavier Beauvois, Noémie Lvovsky, Michel Robin, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Lolita Chammah, Vladimir Consigny and Marthe Caufman

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