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Farewell My Queen 2013 R CC

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Léa Seydoux stars as one of Marie Antoinette'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.

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Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger
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1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Benoît Jacquot
Starring Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger
Supporting actors Virginie Ledoyen, Noémie Lvovsky, Xavier Beauvois, Michel Robin, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Lolita Chammah, Marthe Caufman, Vladimir Consigny, Dominique Reymond, Anne Benoît, Hervé Pierre, Aladin Reibel, Jacques Nolot, Jacques Herlin, Martine Chevallier, Jacques Boudet, Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc, Jean-Marc Stehlé
Studio Cohen Media Group
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Much was made in the media of a relationship between Marie Antoinette and La duchesse Gabrielle de Polignac which suggests a same gender attraction as an element of this film. Further, the Queen's reader (described as a lady in waiting in some reviews, but little more than a higher class servant) has an equal infatuation or attraction for Marie Antoinette as the Queen does for the Duchesse. This is really not the point of the movie, though the triangle is used as a device to get to one of the important centers of what I believe the author is trying to convey. Devotion and betrayal, true sacrifice and perhaps a type of love in spite of betrayal. Aside from this, the movie takes some time to develop its themes and has a few shades of "upstairs downstairs" (mostly downstairs) view of life at the palace.

The beautiful palace and the magnificent dress are in almost every shot. The cinematography is magnificent. However, they are juxtaposed with the mundane conversations of both servants and masters. This juxtaposition is intentional and strips away all those trappings to focus on life and situation. There are no grand parties. The soundtrack of this movie is not the Baroque, Rococo, or neoclassicist dance music we are used to. It is the klesmatic, slightly disjointed, wandering and wondering of servants who seem the most out of tune with what is happening. Indeed, the movie spends a vast amount of it's time developing as it shows the daily prattling of servants and occasionally masters. The movie is beautiful, but there is no pomp and circumstance here. The servants (particularly Sidonie the Queen's reader) are that "fly on the wall", observing. One would think servants would have a greater understanding of what is happening with the masses outside than royals.
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Farewell My Queen takes place during the last days of the french monarchy while the French Revolution knocks on the gates of the Palace of Versailles. It shows the tense atmosphere among the ruling french monarchs as the revolutionary mob approaches them.

The lesbian affair between the Queen of France and the Duchess of Polignac is not the central point of the movie, but it turns out to be an emotional escape from the surrounding stress involving the characters. In this sense the movie poster can be certainly misleading for those hoping to watch a hot lesbian affair.

The actors are fantastic. Diane Kruger does a great job as the queen of France. Lea Seydoux absolutely steals the movie as incredibly talented and gorgeous.

The movie constantly reminded me of Downfall, the German movie that portraits the last days of the Third Reich as the Red Army approaches Hitler's bunker.Both movies portrait the reaction of leaders of doomed regimes as they get close to their end.

Highly recommended!
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Finally a French version of Marie Antoinette. An illuminating experience to see nobility who had vast lands and beautiful Chateaus of their own living in miserable servants quarters just to be able to see the King twice a week. The film showed how the outdated social structure of the society at the time stunted the whole society so that all suffered, not as much as the people on the bottom but all progress, from scientific to music and literature.
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There was a subtle power to "Farewell, My Queen" that completely snuck up on me. I lead with this statement because I'm not often surprised by movies. As I was enjoying Benoit Jacquot's portrait of the last days of Marie Antoinette's court, I was admiring the staging, the performances, and the lush settings. Jacquot places everything through the eyes of one of Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting. As she catches glimpses of the court in turmoil and the escalating political tensions, so do the viewers. As it is constructed, I felt like a voyeur to the unfolding drama--a partner, of sorts, to the lead character. As such, "Farewell, My Queen" is less of a historical recounting of the events in question as it is a peek behind the curtain. This approach lends an unpredictability to a somewhat familiar subject. Even though I have seen dozens of dramatizations of Antoinette, this one seemed remarkably fresh as it was only peripherally about the central subject. It does, at times, seem remote but the emotional payoff is well worth waiting for.

Lea Seydoux plays Antoinette's reader. Devoted to her mistress, she sees only the best in the erratic noble. Many of the early scenes reveal the protocol and propriety expected within Versailles, and the daily routine of participating in court is well established in the serving classes. Seydoux, however, relishes every moment she gets to consort with the Queen. Wonderfully played by Diane Kruger, it is easy to see how her charms were captivating to the younger lady. Even as Seydoux's admiration borders on romantic love, she still supports the Queen's pursuit of another. Without big dramatic scenes, Seydoux quietly conveys an increasingly complex performance as she attempts to juggle the doom and chaos that are descending upon the house.
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By sp on February 7, 2013
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I am a period film fan and have seen quite a few. Also about Marie Antoinette. But if you really want to recapture the moment, or know what it means to be a target of an exploding french revolution, watch this! Léa Seydoux - 5 stars, Diane Kruger - 5 stars.
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