Thursday, May 12, 2016

Farewell, My Queen (Les adieux à la reine) (2012)

Director: Benoît Jacquot. Cast: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen. 100 min. Rated R. France/Spain. History/Drama.

July, 1789. The French Revolution is erupting, and it's the end for Versailles, Marie Antoinette, and ... her reader. Played by Seydoux, we see her among other servants, how they react to the news during those fateful nights, what went on in those long hallways. The movie repeats its central theme to a fault, and Kruger is not how paintings portray Antoinette. But there's a critical concept: no matter how devoted (and loyal) you are to a prominent figure, they may not even acknowledge your existence, or easily throw you under the bus for their own interests. Don't get too close.

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