Farewell, My Queen
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Sidonie Laborde reads books to the Queen and is summoned at all hours of night and day to respond to Marie Antoinette's whims. It is apparent that Sidonie, a naive girl, has a schoolgirl crush on the Queen but is emotionally hurt by the fact that her majesty is in thrall to another beautiful woman, la Duchess de Polignac. There is a telling scene where Sidonie opens the chamber of la Duchesse when the other is fast asleep and nude, and she examines the woman from almost a clinical perspective - trying to understand where is the charm? But the love triangle takes second place to the reality of the urgent news that the Bastille Prison has just been stormed by the people of Paris and its jailer mutilated by the mob. The very existence of the monarchy and the nobles is on the precipice.
The plot imagines three days in which the idea of revolution swims in the heads of the nobles and servants of Versailles; they realize that their carefully shut off existence is coming to an end and scramble to figure out a way to survive. Most act badly...full of self interest...or even disloyalty. Reluctantly, Sidonie Laborde accepts the request of the Queen to act as a decoy by getting dressed up as the Queen's lover and leaving the palace in a lavish carriage. The purpose of the order is to allow both Queen and her lover to escape safely. Some palace servants wisely warn Sidonie to refuse to be a decoy...since they fear their companion is going to be killed within the day.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Set at Versailles (much of the film was actually shot in and on the palace grounds at the real Versailles) on the eve of the French Revolution, the film is centered around the perspective of a young royal servant named Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux) who serves as a reader to the Queen, Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger). But as the film shows, being the royal reader was actually more akin to being the royal radio, something for the Queen to half-listen to in the background as she does other things. Which makes the character of Sidonie ideal as a witness to the goings on at court - always there, in the background, but largely unnoticed by the royals and the aristocrats who move about her in the same space but not at the same level.
The film proceeds to follow life at the palace over the next few days as the Revolution unfolds elsewhere, remote at first but gradually intruding more and more as rumors begin to creep in and a growing sense of uncertainty starts to pervade the royal court. But there does not seem to be any coherent story arc and no exposition is given to help us put any of this into some kind of chronological context.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lea Seydoux is a beautiful and talented actress.A pretty good lesson of French history.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
For those who love historical costume epics you must see this film.It is an adaptation of a historical novel about a lady attendant who reads books to the queen she being Marie... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My own fault that I didn't read the description well enough. It's in French. I don't care to read a movie.Published 11 months ago by donna tester
Lea Seydoux is an amazing young actress. The entire film is thru her eyes and what she can express with just those eyes is incredible. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mary L Grandy
The film concentrates on the drama of the few days before the fall of Versailles and the last days of Marie Antoinette's court. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jill Clardy
filmed on location in france with a stunning job done by Diane Kruger as Marie the queen of France.Published 19 months ago by historyguy