Farewell, My Queen (Les Adieux A La Reine)

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(out of 5)


It is days before what we know now as the French Revolution is going to hit its peak, and the palace of Versailles is already buzzing with the anticipation of change. Those closest to Marie Antoinette, however, put their best effort into keeping things in regular working order for her sake, including a servant girl () who is employed to read to Her Majesty at her pleasure. Being the purveyor of her literary delights is enough to make the young woman completely devoted to the queen (), and it guides the course of her decisions as the days pass, the Bastille is stormed and the monarchy finds itself in danger of being eradicated forever. This subtle, superbly enjoyable film by Benoit Jacquot shows his best effort yet at presenting the rhythms and romances of period drama, his first historical piece to match the best of his contemporary work. Kruger does a terrific job of playing the queen’s emotional detachment while also giving us a good reason to find her charismatic and bewitching, matched by  as her closest companion who represents everything that is hated about the aristocracy by those below them. The film entirely belongs to Seydoux, however, as she spends the entire film with a camera gazing closely at her face, which is completely engrossing in every single scene.


France/Spain, 2012

Directed by

Scenario by Benoit Jacquot, , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by ,

Film Editing by ,

Film Festivals:  Berlin 2012


Cast Tags:  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Cesar Awards
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Lea Seydoux)
Best Director (Benoit Jacquot)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Original Music


FarewellMyQueen

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